The ankle is made up of many different bones attached by muscles, tendons, and ligaments which connect the foot to the leg. The mobility and flexibility in the ankle makes it versatile in movement but it can also cause it to be more susceptible to injury. Ankle pain can become evident on the inside or the outside of the ankle and rise up along the Achilles' tendon as well. More severe ankle pain, especially after an injury, should be seen by a doctor to avoid sustaining permanent damage.
Most ankle pain is caused by injuries such as rolling and twisting of the ankle. These are usually the result of an accident through a fall or activities such as jumping which causes impact and stress to the joint. Athletes are more susceptible to sustaining ankle injuries due to the physically demanding work they perform for their sport. The injuries can be the result of a torn ligament or a broken bone. Both of these injuries can result in severe pain and impaired mobility. If an ankle is fractured, the joint can become destabilized which can result in swelling and immediate pain. Impaired mobility can become permanent if not addressed by a professional.
Treatment can vary depending upon the exact nature of the pain and what is causing it. If the ankle or foot is sprained, the R.I.C.E. method might be introduced. R.I.C.E. stands for Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. If the sprain is grade 3 or worse follow-up treatment such as immobilization, medications, or physical therapy might be needed. If the ankle is fractured, it might require surgery to realign the bones and allow proper healing. Dislocations or severe sprains may require repair of ligaments.
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