What could be causing that pain in your ankle?
Feet are the vessels that keep you moving forward. For elderly people, it’s important to keep active while taking necessary precautions to protect your feet. Sometimes a misstep or discomfort around the ankle can be debilitating especially if there are places to go and people to see.
Ankle pain can be minor discomfort or a serious injury but it’s always the most inconvenient of pain that happens for a variety of reasons. If you or a loved one suddenly has ankle pain, always consult the physician.
Ankle pain can refer to any sort of pain or discomfort and can occur for many reasons. Common causes include injury, arthritis and normal wear and tear. Depending on what you do, there may be some stiffness or pain in the area.
Types of Injuries
There are different kinds of injuries. Remember, only a doctor can let you know what you have but this may help you understand.
Bursitis happens when fluid-filled sacs called bursae become irritated and inflamed. The sacs are what cushion your bones when you move.
A fracture is an accident or injury happens causing a break. Ankle fractures can be mild or quite severe. A broken ankle causes swelling and pain.
Sprained ankles are common. An ankle sprain occurs when ligaments stretch or tear. Sprained ankles occurs when the ankle rolls forcefully out of its normal position.
Tendonitis is when the tendons are irritated and inflamed. The tendons connect muscles to bones. Sometimes tendons tear which may need surgery.
There are also conditions that may cause ankle pain and require immediate attention. These conditions are arthritis, flatfoot, gout and an infection. There are many types of arthritis and is common in people over 65 years.
Flatfoot is from a very low arch or no arch. Gout is a form of arthritis resulting from a buildup of uric acid throughout the body. Excess uric acid creates crystals settling in joints.
Prevention & Treatment
You can help prevent ankle pain as much as you can by maintaining a healthy weight, strengthening your muscles, stopping suddenly when you feel any pain and warming up before exercising.
Often times, ankle pain can get better with some rest, ice and over-the-counter pain medication. If you aren’t already wearing supportive footwear, it’s important to find the proper size and fit even though it may cost more than one would like.