Experiencing a sprained ankle is one of the most common problems treated by foot doctors, with many thousands of people suffering the injury every day in the US alone. A sprain happens when the ligaments and other tissues that hold your ankle joint together become overly stretched or even torn. This can happen during stressful activities like playing sports, or from just stepping awkwardly over a curb while crossing the street.
Ankle injuries can be painful even when not too severe, and many other conditions can cause ankle pain, so be sure to see your foot doctor for the correct diagnosis and treatment.
6 other conditions that can cause ankle pain include the following:
Even a minor injury to the ankle can be quite painful. Initial treatment for ankle injuries includes pain medication and the RICE protocol:
● Rest—Take the weight off your foot using crutches or a wheelchair if needed.
● Ice—the ankle for 15 minutes, 3 times a day.
● Compression—Wrap the ankle with a compression bandage to immobilize.
● Elevation—Raise your foot above the level of your heart to help reduce swelling.
If you don’t see noticeable improvement after several hours, and if the swelling and pain increase, be sure to see your foot doctor. At Family Foot & Ankle Clinic, Dr. Stephen Markantone treats a wide variety of foot and ankle conditions including sports injuries, diabetic foot issues, pediatric foot conditions, toe and foot deformities, fungal infections, and heel problems. Equipped with the most advanced technologies and dedicated staff, Family Foot & Ankle Clinic provides individualized and high-quality care for patients in the North Versailles and Delmont, PA areas. Contact our North Versailles office at 412-824-9370 or our Delmont office at 724-733-3338 to schedule an appointment.