Ankles play a key role in helping to maintain balance when walking. Ankle pain, if left untreated can sometimes lead to chronic ankle pain and may start interfering with day-to-day tasks. If you experience an injury to your ankle, a broken toe, or arthritis of the foot, you may need to visit with an orthopedic surgeon who focuses on ankles and feet. The physicians who participate in the Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic Center referral line treat a variety of orthopedic conditions including injuries to the ankle.

Below are some common causes of ankle pain –

1. Achilles Tendinitis

Achilles tendinitis is a type of ankle pain, which is caused due to an injury in the Achilles tendon. It is a common problem among runners, who suddenly increase their intensity. It is also a common problem among middle-age people who occasionally play outdoor sports. In severe cases of Achilles Tendinitis the tendon can badly rupture and would require proper surgical treatment.

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2. Ankle Fracture

An ankle fracture is an injury to the ankle bone, often due to misstep, fall, or even during a car accident. The fracture can vary from a hairline crack in the bone to severe breaks that pierce bone through your skin. A severely fractured ankle requires surgical treatment for implanting plates, rods or screws in the bone.

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3. Bursitis

Bursitis occurs due to inflamed bursae. Bursae are fluid-filled sacs that work as a cushion between the bones, tendons, and muscles, in joints. Though bursitis mostly occurs in the shoulder, elbow, and hip, many cases of ankle bursitis have occurred. Treatment usually involves resting the affected joint in order to prevent further trauma.

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4. Gout

Gout is a complex form of arthritis that causes severe attacks of burning pain, stiffness, and tenderness in joints, usually to the big toe. Though gout is a common problem among men, post-menopausal women are also susceptible to this type of ankle problem.

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5. Sprained Ankle

A sprained ankle is an ankle injury which may occur due to twisting and turning of the ankle in an awkward manner. The sprain occurs due to overstressing of ligaments, wherein ligaments have to push beyond their normal range of motion. Treatment of a sprained ankle would depend on the severity of the injury. A medical evaluation is carried out to examine the problem and determine the appropriate treatment.

Wrap Up

Different people may have different causes for ankle pain, but many of these problems require timely medical care to prevent the problem from becoming an issue. If you have been experiencing ankle pain for several days, it is advisable to consult an experienced physician to understand the root cause of the pain and to determine the right type of treatment. Texas Health Spine & Orthopedic Center can help you connect with experienced orthopedic physicians, who participate in the referral line, known for treating and managing foot and ankle problems. All you need to do is book an appointment, or simply call at 1-888-608-4762.

Physicians who are members of the referral program practice independently and are not employees or agents of Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic.

References:
http://www.mayoclinic.org/symptoms/ankle-pain/basics/causes/sym-20050796
http://www.webmd.com/arthritis/tc/gout-topic-overview