Orthopedics & Sports Medicine located in the greater Nashville, Tennessee Area
An ankle sprain can quickly put you on the sidelines. But chronic ankle pain or instability can become a significant part of your daily life. If you find yourself missing out on the activities you love due to ankle pain, it’s time to find relief that works. With four convenient locations in Fairview, Nashville, Dickson, Ashland City, Kingston Springs, Centerville and Gallatin, Tennessee, Brandon Downs, MD, and his team at Orthopaedic Specialists can help. Book an appointment online or by phone to get started.
Ankle Pain Q & A
What causes ankle pain?
Your ankle joint controls foot movement, helping you stand, walk, and run. It’s comprised of three main bones in your leg and foot. The ankle is one of the most unstable joints in the body — making it prone to injury and pain.
Ankle pain refers to any discomfort or pain in the ankle area. The most common cause of acute ankle pain is sprains. When you take an awkward step or roll your ankle, the ligaments supporting the joint stretch and a strain occurs.
Common causes for chronic ankle pain are joint instability and arthritis. Instability develops with repeated sprains and injuries that weaken the joint. Arthritis causes inflammation and stiffness that leads to chronic joint pain.
How is ankle pain treated?
If you’ve suffered an ankle sprain or strain, follow the RICE method for treatment: rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Rest your ankle as much as possible and apply an ice pack for 15-20 minutes at a time. Use a compression bandage to stabilize the ankle and help prevent swelling. Elevating your ankle above your heart can also help reduce swelling.
For ongoing ankle problems like ankle instability or arthritis, there are a variety of treatment options available. Pain medication can help reduce pain and swelling. Physical therapy restores range of motion and strengthens ankles to help prevent future injuries.
In severe cases, surgery can repair damaged joints and ligaments to help eliminate chronic ankle pain.
When should I see a doctor for my ankle pain?
Minor sprains and strains may heal with a few days of at-home care and rest. Signs of ankle pain or injury that may require professional medical care include:
- Visible swelling
- Limited range of motion
- Inability to bear weight on the ankle
Severe sprains, fractures, and other conditions can make standing or walking on the affected ankle painful or impossible. Stay off your foot if you experience pain when using your ankle.
If your ankle pain is interfering with your daily life, visiting Dr. Downs at Orthopaedic Specialists ensures you get the best possible care. The team can diagnose and treat acute injuries as well as chronic conditions like arthritis.
You don’t have to live with ankle pain. Find treatment that works at Orthopaedic Specialists. Call or book online for your first appointment.
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