Ankle pain

What are the common causes of ankle pain?

Common causes are sprained ankle, tendinitis of the Achilles tendon, inflammation of the bursa, fracture

What are the symptoms?

Pain, swelling, bruising around the ankle

Discomfort in the heel, pain in the calf when standing on tip toes.

Redness and swelling around the ankle

Sudden sharp popping or snapping sound during the injury.

Difficulty walking.

Ankle appears at an odd angle

What should I do if I have Ankle problems?

Consult your healthcare provider right away if you have

Severe pain.

Feels strange dizzy or sick from the pain.

Ankle or foot has changed shape or appears at an odd angle.

Snap, grinding or popping noise at the time of injury.

Unable to walk.

How can my healthcare provider help me?

Your healthcare provider will ask you a few questions, and perform a physical exam.

Based on your condition, Bloodwork, imaging will be ordered.

Medicines, Exercises will be prescribed for pain relief.


Self-help is only for mild complaints. Consult your healthcare provider if your symptoms get worse.

Rest: Put as little weight as possible on the ankle, avoid standing for a long time.

Ice: Use Ice pack, or a bag of frozen peas on the knee for up to 20 minutes every 2-3 hours. Avoid ice burn of the skin.

Compression: You can use a ace bandage to provide support.

Elevation: keep the ankle joint elevated with a couple of pillows or recliner.

Medications: use medicines as prescribed by your healthcare provider for pain relief.

Use wide comfortable shoes with low heel and soft sole. Use soft insoles or heel pads in your shoes.

Talk to your healthcare provider about gentle stretching exercises.


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