Joint pain can be extremely excruciating. Particularly when that pain is in the ankles. The ankles have to bear a significant amount of the body’s weight when a person is walking and for this reason, if the ankle is injured or painful due to other causes, it is very difficult for the person to be mobile.
What Is The Most Common Cause Of Ankle Pain?
According to Health Sciences, 85% of ankle injuries are sprains. When tissue that connects the bones in the area of the ankle get torn or overstretched this is a sprain. The most common of these injuries is when someone twists their ankle towards the ground causing a tear in the tissues surrounding the joint. It is common for the ankle to remain swollen for 1 to 2 weeks and for a severe sprain, it could take a couple of months or more to completely heal.
Other Common Causes Of Ankle Pain
1. Gout is a kind of arthritis. This particular arthritis comes from an excessive build up of uric acid in the blood. When this happens the body deposits some of the excess from the bloodstream to tissues in the body, including joints. It’s common for people to first experience gout after a serious injury or illness. After a person suffers from gout for many years they may develop lumps where the uric acid has settled in their ankles and these are often called tophi.
2. Lupus is a disease of the autoimmune system and it forms antibodies that then attack otherwise healthy tissues. Some of the tissues that these antibodies attack are joints and this, of course, includes the joints in the ankles. This disease often leads to the person suffering advanced arthritis in the ankles.
3. Pseudogout is called by that name because in some ways it is similar to gout and this disease forms crystals in the joints which lead to pain and discomfort. Most commonly this disease occurs in older adults but there are some cases where it has affected younger people. This disease can sometimes cause severe pain and for some, it can cause swelling of the joint.
4. Reactive arthritis is a chronic condition that commonly affects the urinary tract and gastrointestinal system. But this illness causes inflammation in the body that often causes joint pain and swelling in areas such as the ankles. Very often the ankles and knees are quickly attacked by this condition.
Reducing Ankle Pain
As soon as you begin experiencing discomfort in the ankles you should put as little weight on them as possible until they show signs of healing. For injuries, the first few days are very often the most critical and if you can mostly stay off your ankles during that time they will likely heal the fastest. If you must move around it’s recommended that you use a cane or walker to help take the weight and pressure off of the ankles.
Reducing inflammation in the body will greatly help reduce conditions that cause joint pain. For immediate pain relief of arthritic conditions, there are a number of over-the-counter pain medications. Eating healthy, staying fit and active are things you can do to reduce the likelihood of developing joint issues. According to ankle surgeon, Christopher E. Hubbard, MD, in extreme cases, you might require surgery to help relieve pain.