Ankle pain disrupts your life horribly. When you can’t stand or walk easily, your quality of life drops dramatically. Did your pain begin suddenly (which means it probably stems from an injury) or is it chronic (perhaps caused by disease)?
Common Causes of Ankle Pain
It’s easy to injure ankles while jumping, walking or running. But ankle pain can also be a symptom of certain diseases. Causes of ankle pain include:
Ankle Sprain: Sprains come from the ankle rolling over or twisting. Ligaments stretch and can even tear; especially during certain athletic activities like basketball that require a jerking motion. Anyone can sprain an ankle walking on an uneven surface or wearing high-heel shoes, though.
Stress Fractures: Fractures are hairline cracks that develop on bones after repetitive pressure or stress. Not a sudden occurrence, ankle pain will develop over a period of time. You’ll know it’s a stress fracture when it hurts without swelling. Stress fractures can stem from running long distances and jumping on hard surfaces, for instance, although those with osteoporosis are prone to stress fractures due to their weakened bones. Obese people can get stress fractures, as their feet bear extra body weight.
Arthritis: Arthritis often causes chronic ankle pain in the elderly, appearing as pain, swelling and stiffness in the joint. Rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis usually is the culprit here, causing aging-related deterioration of the joint. However, arthritis can develop in younger patients who neglect to seek help for an injury.
Gout: This form of arthritis is caused by an accumulation of uric acid in a joint, resulting in a sudden burning pain in the ankle (gout attack). Even a slight touch on the area can be incredibly painful during a gout attack, which will recur from time to time.
Achilles Tendinitis: The Achilles tendon connects lower calf muscles with the heel bone. This tendon becomes inflamed due to overuse during exercise such as running, which is why athletes tend to suffer from Achilles tendinitis. However, it also appears in arthritic patients.
The Bramalea Chiropractic and Physiotherapy team is ready to relieve your ankle pain and help you return to your daily activities. Contact us now