Ankle Pain Could Be More Serious Than You Think

November 12, 2012

Ankle Pain Could Be More Serious Than You Think

Ankle pain due to a sprain or twist of the joint are quite common with most of us having experienced some form of ankle pain at one time in our lives. However, as many of 40% of cases of a sprained ankle will suffer chronic ankle pain, in people even after seeking appropriate treatment for the initial injury.

Recent research indicates that tendon injuries are often the cause of chronic ankle pain. In many cases an injured tendon goes overlooked and the wrong treatment is provided. In other cases the ankle pain goes completely untreated and it is presumed that it will repair itself. Ankle injuries are very common and it doesn’t occur to most people that the injury could be serious. Ankle sprains and twists are often expected to get better on its own, with rest and whilst this is true in many incidents, it can also be more serious than is first realised and the longer it is left untreated the worse it can get.

It is possible that the peroneal tendons are actually causing the ankle pain rather than the joint itself as the sufferer presumes. These tendons are found outside the fibula and provide stability for the foot and ankle. Injuries to this tendo can include swelling, tendonitis, stretching or a tear. Symptoms of this kind of ankle pain include swelling or tenderness around the ankle, pain around the anklebone or flashes of pain running from the anklebone and down the foot. Additionally if treatment provided for other kinds of ankle pain is not having any effect, it is possible that the injury has something to do with the peroneal tendons.

An ultrasound or MRI may be used to identify and confirm that chronic ankle pain is being caused by a peroneal tendon injury or disorder. These imaging techniques allow a doctor to see inside the foot and identify any abnormalities or problems. Providing the injury is caught early enough, simple treatment such as rest, ice and elevation, anti-inflammatory medicine or physical therapy should suffice. If the injury has become worse or is serious such as a tear or rupture, surgery will probably be required.

Different kinds of peroneal tendon injuries can either develop slowly over time or can happen suddenly due to a miss footing or slip. Ankle pain that occurs over a long period of time is common in athletes or people regularly undergo repetitive ankle motion. Also people who have a high arch to their foot seem to be at a higher risk of these kinds of injuries. In order for treatment to be effective it is essential that a proper and accurate diagnosis be made. Anyone who has been suffering from ankle pain that doesn’t appear to be getting better despite rest and limited use of the foot should make an appointment with the doctor. It never pays off to let ankle pain go ignored.


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