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Ankle pain refers to any kind of pain or discomfort affecting any part of the ankle. Ankle pain is most commonly caused by a sprain. A sprain is an injury to the ligaments connecting the ankle bones. Treatment of sprains includes using crutches, applying ice to the ankle, elevating the foot, using compression bandages, and taking over-the-counter pain relievers.
Walking, playing sports, or things of that nature excessively can lead to ankle pain. A physical examination may be needed to specify the cause. The doctor may also order X-rays to see if the cause of the pain is a sprain or fracture. In some cases, fluid from the ankle joint may be taken to check for infection, or other underlying conditions.
The major symptom is the pain or discomfort you experience. Your doctor will begin by asking about your ankle and the onset of the pain (what you were doing when the pain began). .
To treat ankle pain, you are usually required to stay off your foot (with the use of crutches) for a few days or weeks, depending on the extent of the injury. When reclining, you will usually be told to elevate (raise) your foot.
Your doctor may also:
In cases of severe ankle injuries, surgery may be necessary.
Warming up before exercising, wearing properly fitted shoes and avoiding high heels can also help prevent ankle injuries.