Etiology of Ankle Pain

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Ankle pain can arise from various causes, including:

 

Sprains and Strains: Overstretching or tearing ligaments and tendons.

 

Fractures: Breaks in the bones of the ankle.

 

Tendonitis: Inflammation of tendons due to overuse.

 

Arthritis: Inflammatory conditions affecting the ankle joint.

 

Achilles Tendinitis: Inflammation of the Achilles tendon.

 

Bursitis: Inflammation of fluid-filled sacs (bursae) around the ankle.

 

Gout: Buildup of uric acid crystals in the ankle joint

Symptoms & Signs:

Pain: Sharp or dull pain in the ankle.


Swelling: Accumulation of fluid, causing enlargement.


Bruising: Discoloration due to blood vessel damage.


Instability: Feeling of the ankle giving way.


Stiffness: Difficulty in moving the ankle.


Redness and Warmth: Signs of inflammation.


Limited Range of Motion: Difficulty in flexing or extending the ankle.

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Diagnostic Tests:

Blood Tests: To rule out systemic conditions like gout or infections.

Differential Diagnosis:

Achilles Tendon Rupture: Sudden tear of the Achilles tendon.

 

Plantar Fasciitis: Inflammation of the tissue on the bottom of the foot.

 

Osteoarthritis: Wear and tear of the ankle joint.

 

Rheumatoid Arthritis: Inflammatory arthritis affecting the ankle.

 

Peripheral Neuropathy: Nerve damage causing pain and numbness.

 

 

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Management

Rest and Ice:

Rest: Avoiding activities that worsen pain.

 

Ice: Applying ice packs to reduce swelling.

 

Compression and Elevation:

 

Compression: Using bandages or braces to control swelling.

 

Elevation: Keeping the ankle elevated to minimize swelling.

 

Medications:

 

Pain Relievers: Over-the-counter or prescription pain medications.

 


Anti-Inflammatories: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for swelling.

 

Physical Therapy:

 

Exercises: Strengthening and stretching exercises.

 

Modalities: Heat, ultrasound, or electrical stimulation.

 

Individualized management depends on the cause and severity of ankle pain. Seeking professional evaluation ensures accurate diagnosis and tailored treatment.

 

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