The ankle is the part of the body that connects the leg bones to the foot bones. It consists of bones, two joints, and connective tissue. The ankle is very strong. It bears your body weight and handles the stress when you walk, run, and jump. The earliest indicator of an ankle problem is pain. If you feel pain in your ankle, here’s what you should do.
Examine the Ankle
Locate the pain. Ankle pain is felt on the inner or outer side. Is there swelling, bruising, or tenderness? Is the pain a throbbing or burning sensation or is it a sharp, stabbing pain? Are you able to bear weight on the ankle? Is there an obvious deformity?
Consider what may have caused the problem. Did you play a sport and have a bad fall? Did you twist your ankle? Is the problem acute or has it happened before? A recurrent ankle problem may be a sign of arthritis. It could also be the result of wearing unsupportive shoes, such as high heels.
Signs that the ankle problem is serious include severe pain, moderate swelling, and obvious deformity. If symptoms do not improve with the RICE (rest, ice, compression, and elevation) method, it may be more serious.
What To Do Next
While it’s true that most cases of acute ankle pain resolve on their own with at-home treatment and rest, you may want to get a definitive diagnosis from a doctor. It is very telling if the ankle problem persists or recurs. Ultimately, chronic ankle problems need medical attention. Numbness and tingling are symptoms of neuropathy, which is a very serious medical condition.
The X-ray is one of the most common diagnostic tests for ankle problems and can reveal bone fractures. However, ligaments, tendons, cartilage, and nerves do not show up on X-rays. For suspected soft tissue disorders and injuries, the doctor may request an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging).
If your symptoms are not severe but you want to see a doctor, choose one that offers telehealth services. With telemedicine, you can get a diagnosis and treatment from the comfort of your home. Virtual visits are covered by medical insurance. If the doctor assesses that the ankle problem is more severe, they will recommend an in-person visit.
Common Causes of Ankle Problems
Sprains, strains, fractures, Achilles tendon ruptures, arthritis, gout, and infection can all be the reason behind an ankle problem. Rare causes of ankle pain include blood supply problems and tumors.
Foot and Ankle Doctors in South Texas
Anyone can get ankle pain. Even non-athletic people with less active lifestyles can injure their ankles. To get the best possible treatment for ankle pain, especially if it’s a chronic problem, see a foot and ankle specialist. Usually, chronic ankle problems are because of inadequate treatment and improper healing, as well as an underlying medical condition. Your ankle is very important, so you should keep it healthy and fully functional.
The Podiatry Group of South Texas is the largest podiatry practice in South Texas. We are proud to serve San Antonio, Boerne, Hondo, Floresville, Kenedy, Uvalde, and Live Oak. If you are interested in a virtual visit or would like to schedule an in-person visit, call the clinic nearest you or use our appointment request form.