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The Condition

Ankle pain refers to any discomfort or soreness experienced in the ankle region, which could stem from various conditions, like sprains, fractures, or arthritis. It may manifest as a sharp, dull, or throbbing pain, sometimes accompanied by swelling, stiffness, or difficulty walking. At Illinois Podiatry Specialists, we are proficient in diagnosing and treating the diverse causes of ankle pain, ensuring you can return to pain-free mobility.

The Symptoms:

  • Sharp or dull pain in the ankle
  • Swelling or inflammation
  • Difficulty or inability to walk or bear weight
  • Stiffness or restricted range of motion
  • Visible bruising or discoloration
  • Tenderness to touch
  • Prolonged discomfort or pain
  • Instability in the ankle
  • Warmth or redness in the area
  • Pain that worsens with activity

Possible Causes:

  • Ankle Sprain: This is an injury to the ligaments in the ankle, often resulting from a twist, roll, or sudden shift in movement, causing pain, swelling, and bruising.
  • Fracture: A break in the ankle bone can cause severe pain, swelling, and potentially visible deformity, usually following a trauma or fall.
  • Arthritis: Chronic conditions like osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis cause inflammation in the joint, leading to pain, swelling, and stiffness.
  • Tendonitis: Inflammation or irritation of the tendons around the ankle can result in pain, often due to overuse or injury.
  • Gout: This type of arthritis occurs when uric acid crystals accumulate in the joint, causing intense pain and swelling in the ankle.
  • Infections: In rare cases, bacteria or fungi can invade the ankle joint, leading to pain, redness, swelling, and fever.
  • Nerve Damage: Conditions like neuropathy or tarsal tunnel syndrome cause nerve-related ankle pain, often felt as tingling, numbness, or a burning sensation.

Treatment Options:

  • Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation (RICE): This first-line home treatment involves resting the affected ankle, applying ice to reduce swelling, using a compression wrap to support the ankle, and elevating the foot to minimize inflammation. It’s useful for mild sprains and injuries.
  • Medication: Over-the-counter pain relievers or anti-inflammatory drugs can help manage pain and reduce inflammation. In some cases, stronger prescription medication may be necessary.
  • Physical Therapy: Customized exercise and stretching programs strengthen the muscles around the ankle, improve flexibility, and promote healing, reducing the risk of future injuries.
  • Orthotics: Custom-made shoe inserts support the ankle, distribute weight evenly, and alleviate pressure on sore spots, helping with conditions like flat feet or plantar fasciitis.
  • Injections: Steroid or Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) injections can treat chronic conditions like arthritis or tendonitis, reducing inflammation and accelerating the healing process.
  • Surgery: In severe cases or when conservative treatments fail, surgical intervention might be necessary. Procedures could involve repairing a fracture, removing bone spurs, or reconstructing a ligament.

At Illinois Podiatry Specialists, consultations involve a comprehensive evaluation of your condition, including a thorough examination and discussion of your symptoms and lifestyle. Based on this assessment, we propose the most appropriate treatments, from conservative approaches to surgical interventions, if necessary, tailored to your needs and health goals.

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Illinois Podiatry Specialists, staffed by board-certified foot and ankle specialists, is at your service for any ankle pain concerns. Our team provides both conservative and surgical treatments, creating customized plans based on your needs and goals. Don’t let ankle pain restrict your movement — schedule a consultation today, and step into a pain-free life.

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Illinois Podiatry Specialists Hinsdale
950 N York Rd, Suite 105
Hinsdale, IL 60521

Illinois Podiatry Specialists Glendale Heights
701 Winthrop Ave Floor, Ste. 101
Glendale Heights, IL 60139


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