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Causes of Pain in the Front of the Ankle

Tuesday, 21 June 2022 00:00

A pain that is felt in the front of the ankle is known as anterior ankle pain. It can happen suddenly, called acute onset, or gradually, usually as the result of overuse. The three main forms of anterior ankle pain are tibialis anterior tendonitis, ankle impingement, and high ankle sprain. When the tendon that connects the tibialis anterior muscle to the ankle becomes inflamed, the resulting condition is termed anterior tibialis tendonitis. Pain occurs when you flex your foot and toes. Ankle impingement is the result of a bony growth at the front or back of the ankle that inhibits your normal range of motion. The tissue becomes pressed between the bones, causing pain. The condition is often caused by a sprain or other injury that has not healed correctly. A high ankle sprain is the result of a tear in the tibiofibular ligament where it connects with the ankle. It causes pain, swelling, bruising, and walking becomes difficult. If you are experiencing pain in the front of your ankle, it is wise to see a podiatrist who can perform tests to pinpoint the exact cause and recommend the proper treatment to bring you relief.

Ankle pain can have many different causes and the pain may potentially be serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with one of our podiatrists from Podiatry Associates of Texas. Our doctors 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.

Causes

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

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.

Diagnosis

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.

Treatment

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 our offices located in Arlington and Weatherford, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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