Your ankle consists of a network of bones, ligaments, muscles and tendons which are strong enough to support your and make it possible for you to move. Despite this fact, the ankle can still be prone to injuries and pain. Symptoms might be a pain on the inside of your ankle or the outside along the Achilles tendon which connects the muscles found in your lower leg to the heel bone. Ankle pain can take time to resolve despite the fact that it responds well to home remedies and for that reason, you will need to see a doctor when the pain is severe.
A physical examination to determine which among the ligaments has been torn is necessary. It will involve moving your ankle joint in the various directions to check the range of your motion. If the doctor is not certain if it is ankle sprain or a bone fracture, he might use imaging tests such as X-rays.
In cases where there is suspicion of bone chipping, severe damage to your ligaments or any injury to the ankle joint then an MRI may be done. It utilizes a high magnetic field together with radio waves and creates detailed images of your body making it possible for the doctor to make a proper diagnosis. If the ligaments are completely torn then the surface of your ankle may be injured as well, and in that case, your ankle will not be stable even after healing from the injury.
Treatment of Ankle Pain
When you treat your ankle sprain or ankle stability, you will be treating the ankle pain too. It is important that you do so to prevent any further discomforts. A doctor can also provide you with some valuable tips along with items which you will use to care for the sprain and recover from your ankle pain with time. Always remember that putting weight on the injured area just makes it much worse, therefore, avoid it as much as possible when recovering. Treatment of ankle pain may range from medications, surgery to home remedies. The various kinds of drugs work to ease the pain and to relieve the inflammation. It will all depend on the kind of ankle pain that you have.
When it comes to surgery, it will not be necessary unless you cannot control the pain with medications. The various ankle surgeries include fracture repair, ankle fusion, ankle replacement and ankle distraction arthroplasty.
You may also be able to treat mild pains at home, and some of the recommended treatments include
• Not putting weight on your ankle and getting plenty of rest
• Using a brace to support your ankle to reduce pressure on the affected area
• Placing ice packs wrapped in a piece of clothing on the ankle for 15 to 20 minutes three times each day
• You can also use a compression bandage; it reduces the swelling too
Even with the best of care, sometimes you may experience some ankle swelling, stiffness or pain most especially in the morning or when you have been active for some weeks.