What Causes Ankle Pain?
There are many causes of ankle pain that we can help with at Footsure Podiatry. The most common causes of ankle pain are sprains, previous damage from a fracture and tendon injuries from overloading or incorrect function and osteoarthritis.
Sprains and Fractures
Ankle sprains are one of the most common sporting injuries, We can help prevent further damage and recovery in the early stages. We also see many ankle sprains which have not recovered or rehabilitated fully and is affecting the function of the ankle and causing further problems as a result. Fractures commonly cause issues from the restriction of the ankle during the injury and getting full range of movement back can be very difficult without consistent rehabilitation. If movement of the ankle is restricted it can cause a number of foot, ankle and even knee and hip problems due to a change in walking gait.
Restricted movement or function can cause overloading of the tendons around the ankle and result in an injury from the tendon working harder to maintain foot function. This may be either side of the ankle or even the Achilles which commonly gets overloaded when the ankle is restricted.
With continued restriction and incorrect function, osteoarthritis can develop due to wear and tear in the ankle. This causes pain at rest particularly after exercise or walking. We recommend early assessment of any ankle injury to avoid restriction to avoid osteoarthritis and other injuries as discussed above due to restriction from poor recovery.