Ankle Pain Sprained Ankle, Footballer's Ankle

Your ankle is an intricate network of bones, ligaments, tendons and muscles. Strong enough to bear your body weight, your ankle can be prone to injury and pain. You may feel ankle pain on the inside or outside of your ankle or along the Achilles tendon, which connects the muscles in your lower leg to your heel bone. Although mild ankle pain often responds well to home treatments, it can take time to resolve. Severe ankle pain should be evaluated by a podiatrist, especially if it follows an injury. Ankle pain is characterized by irritation and inflammation of the ankle, a condition that often results from an inherently unstable ankle, trauma, or an athletic injury. About 60 percent of all foot and ankle injuries, reported by the US population older than 17, were sprains and strains of the ankle.

Ankle Pain Treatment & Relief:

Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation will provide ankle pain treatment and relief. See a podiatrist to rule out a fracture or a ligament tear because immediate ankle sprain treatment often results in complete healing and a return to normal function. For a recent injury, we recommend cold therapy (the foot igloo), the Steplite ankle walker, and Biofreeze, a pain-reducing ointment. For ongoing, occasional ankle pain, we highly recommend arch supports or the knit ankle support. For stability issues, we like the Flexlite sport hinged ankle brace, which is a favorite of our athletic patients. All of these suggestions should help in managing and relieving ankle pain.

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