Ankle pain

Definition

Ankle pain involves any discomfort in one or both ankles.

Alternative Names

Pain - ankle

Causes

Ankle pain is often due to an ankle sprain.

In addition to ankle sprains, ankle pain can be caused by:

Problems in areas near the ankle that can cause you to feel pain in the ankle include:

Home Care

Home care for ankle pain depends on the cause and what other treatment or surgery has taken place. You may be asked to:

As the swelling and pain improve, you may still need to keep extra weight stress off your ankle for a period of time.

The injury may take a few weeks to many months to fully heal. Once the pain and swelling are mostly gone, the injured ankle will still be a little weaker and less stable than the uninjured ankle.

Other advice your health care provider may give you include:

When to Contact a Medical Professional

Go to the hospital if:

Call your health care provider if:

References

Abu-Laban RV, Rose NGW. Ankle and foot. In: Marx JA, Hockberger RS, Walls RM, et al, eds. Rosen's Emergency Medicine: Concepts and Clinical Practice. 8th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Mosby; 2013:chap 58.

Irwin TA. Tendon injuries of the foot and ankle. In: Miller MD, Thompson SR, eds. DeLee and Drez's Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. 4th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2015:chap 117.

Molloy A, Selvan D. Ligamentous injuries of the foot and ankle. In: Miller MD, Thompson SR, eds. DeLee and Drez's Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. 4th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2015:chap 116.

Osborne MD and Esser SM. Chronic ankle instability. In: Frontera, WR, Silver JK, Rizzo TD, eds. Essentials of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2015:chap 85.

Price MD, Chiodo CP. Foot and ankle pain. In: Firestein GS, Budd RC, Harris ED Jr, et al, eds. Kelley's Textbook of Rheumatology. 9th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2012:chap 49.


Review Date: 3/5/2015
Reviewed By: C. Benjamin Ma, MD, assistant professor, chief, sports medicine and shoulder service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, San Francisco, CA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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