The ankle is composed of a complicated network of bones, muscles, tendons and ligaments. Ankle pain may occur whenever 1 or more of these components sustains an injury. Some of the most common causes of ankle pain include:
The most common symptoms of a problem in the ankle are pain, redness, swelling, and warmth. In many cases, this pain will become more intense when the patient moves the ankle or attempts to bear weight on the ankle.
Because the symptoms of various ankle problems can be similar, patients need an experienced diagnostician. Dr. Nickson can evaluate the patient carefully and determine which specific issues are contributing to their pain.
Dr. Nickson diagnoses ankle pain by examining the ankle, making note of the patient’s symptoms, and ordering tests to view the ankle’s internal structures, such as an X-ray.
Some cases of ankle pain may improve with rest and ice. Patients may need to wear a brace, boot or a cast while their ankle heals. They may also need to participate in physical therapy. However, if conservative treatments aren’t sufficient, Dr. Nickson may recommend surgery. Dr. Nickson will explain each of the treatment options available in detail, paying special attention to the advantages and disadvantages.
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