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Persistent Ankle Pain from an Ankle Sprain

Tuesday, 29 August 2023 00:00

An ankle sprain can result in persistent pain and swelling despite rest and physical therapy. The location of the pain can indicate different issues. Frontal pain may suggest damage within the ankle joint or at the front of the ankle. Patients with joint surface injuries or front ankle problems typically experience discomfort during walking, running, or jumping activities, with increased pain on stairs or uneven surfaces. Lateral or side ankle pain may arise from synovitis, which is inflammation of the joint lining, due to a recent sprain, tendon tears, dislocation, or hidden fractures. Synovitis causes front ankle pain, worsening with activities like stair climbing and running, accompanied by swelling and reduced joint motion. Peroneal tendon tears usually manifest as delayed lateral ankle pain and swelling, aggravated by physical activity, especially on uneven terrain. Fractures can mimic sprains but require different treatments. Treatment for ankle sprains may include immobilization, medication, or surgery. If you have sprained your ankle, it is strongly suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for a diagnosis and an individualized treatment plan.  

Ankle pain can have many different causes and the pain may potentially be serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with Barry P. Weinstein, DPM from Bellaire Podiatry. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Ankle pain is any condition that causes pain in the ankle. Due to the fact that the ankle consists of tendons, muscles, bones, and ligaments, ankle pain can come from a number of different conditions.


The most common causes of ankle pain include:

  • Types of arthritis (rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, and gout)
  • Ankle sprains
  • Broken ankles
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Stress fractures
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis


Symptoms of ankle injury vary based upon the condition. Pain may include general pain and discomfort, swelling, aching, redness, bruising, burning or stabbing sensations, and/or loss of sensation.


Due to the wide variety of potential causes of ankle pain, podiatrists will utilize a number of different methods to properly diagnose ankle pain. This can include asking for personal and family medical histories and of any recent injuries. Further diagnosis may include sensation tests, a physical examination, and potentially x-rays or other imaging tests.


Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are rest, ice packs, keeping pressure off the foot, orthotics and braces, medication for inflammation and pain, and surgery.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Bellaire and Houston, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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