Ankle Fractures

Chronic ankle pain is recurring or chronic pain on the outside part of the ankle that often develops after an injury such as a sprained ankle. Other conditions, however, may also cause chronic ankle pain.

 

Signs and symptoms include:

  • Ankle instability.

  • Difficulty walking on uneven ground or in high heels.

  • Pain, sometimes intense, on the outer side of the ankle.

  • Repeated ankle sprains.

  • Stiffness.

  • Swelling.

  • Tenderness.

 

While ankle sprains are the most common cause of chronic ankle pain, other causes may include:

  • A fracture in one of the bones that make up the ankle joint.

  • Arthritis of the ankle joint.

  • Inflammation of the joint lining.

  • Scar tissue in the ankle after a sprain. The scar tissue takes up space in the joint, putting pressure on the ligaments.

  • Torn or inflamed tendon.

 

Treatments for chronic outside ankle pain include:

  • Over the counter or prescription anti-inflammatory medications to reduce swelling. Consult your physician before taking any medications.

  • Physical therapy, including tilt-board exercises, directed at strengthening the muscles, restoring range of motion, and increasing your perception of joint position.

  • Ankle braces or other supports.

  • Steroid medication.

  • Immobilization to allow the bone to heal (in cases of fractures).

 

If chronic pain continues, contact us for an appointment.