The ankle is a joint where the bones of the feet and legs meet. The up and down motion of the foot is controlled with this joint. The joint itself as well as the very bottom portion of the leg and the flat part of the upper foot are all considered part of the ankle area. Inflammation or injury to the cartilage, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and bones inside the ankle can all cause the ankle to hurt. Common causes of ankle pain usually include:
Indications of an ankle problem can include:
Even simple ankle injuries can cause a lot of discomfort. It is helpful to employ the RICE method to assist with treating the injury while at home. The RICE method will involve:
Over-the-counter pain relievers can also be employed to assist with discomfort and swelling. Options include Advil, Aleve, ibuprofen, and aspirin.
When the above methods do not improve symptoms, you should visit the doctor. You should also visit the doctor right away if:
Schedule a visit with the podiatrist if swelling doesn’t get better after 2 to 5 days and if you experience persistent discomfort which doesn’t get better after a few weeks.