By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
January 12, 2017
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Pain and discomfort in the ankle can be a debilitating condition. One of the most common causes of ankle pain is a sprain, which is an over-twisting of the ligaments surrounding the ankle bone caused by an injury or severe blow. But what if you haven’t had a recent injury that involved twisting your ankle? At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care we see patients with ankle pain from several very different causes. The first step to relief is tracking down the source of the pain and discomfort. Our board certified foot and ankle surgeons, Dr. Varun Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah will need to examine your ankle and possibly take x-rays or other imaging studies as well as get a complete medical history in order to accurately determine the reason for your ankle pain.

Possible conditions include:

Chronic Lateral Ankle Instability/Pain—this condition is characterized by pain on the outside part of the ankle and weakness in the ankle or a feeling that your ankle is going to “give out” while you walk. Swelling, stiffness and tenderness may also be present. It is usually due to a previous ankle sprain or injury that did not heal completely before the patient resumed normal activity.

Osteochondritis—this is another condition that can develop as a result of past ankle-twisting injuries. The primary symptoms of osteochondritis are stiffness, swelling and pain in the ankle joint which is caused by lesions that form on the joint surface.

Fracture—a fracture may occur at the same time as a bad sprain but not be detected if x-rays or other imaging tests are not performed. Stress fractures, tiny hairline cracks in the surface of the bone can happen in cases of repetitive, overuse of the ankle due to a sport or other activity.

Arthritis—inflammation of the ankle joint or the lining of the joint can cause considerable pain. Gout, a specific arthritic condition, can also affect the ankle.

Nerve Conditions—injury to the nerves that pass through the ankle or compression of the tunnel that encloses them can be another source of chronic ankle pain.

If you are experiencing ankle pain or other symptoms that you do not believe are due to an ankle sprain, contact our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office for an appointment to find the cause and correct treatment for your condition.