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What Are the Causes of Ankle Pain?

By Madhusudhan Tammisetti

Any pain or discomfort that involves the ankle is referred to as ankle pain. Ankle pain may occur for a variety of reasons. Injury, arthritis, and natural wear and tear are the most prominent factors. You may experience pain or stiffness somewhere around the ankle. It's possible the ankle may swell, and you won't be able to bear much weight on it.

Ankle pain may be managed without the need for any invasive methods. A chiropractor may suggest taking rest, applying ice, and doing physical therapy to relieve ankle pain. A physical therapy program may also aid in the recovery of an ankle injury. Doing physical therapy helps in strengthening the muscles that protect the feet and ankles. Pain may be relieved, and further injuries can be prevented with the therapy.

Let's look at some of the causes of ankle pain.


Osteoarthritis is one condition that may induce acute ankle pain without an injury. This disease is a common consequence of the body's aging, and it usually results in the wear and tear of cartilage and bones in the joints. As a result, these problems may cause a variety of distressing symptoms.

For instance, osteoarthritis damage usually results in abrupt pains in the damaged joints, such as the ankle. Swelling and inflammation of the ankle may occur due to this disease, making it difficult to move. People with osteoarthritis may often find it difficult to stand up for even a brief period, making everyday tasks like washing dishes or going to the mailbox challenging.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Another disease that may trigger sudden ankle pain without an injury is rheumatoid arthritis. This is not a natural condition like osteoarthritis. It's an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system attacks the joints lining. Rheumatoid arthritis affects ankles, hips, finger, and knee joints.

Since it shares many symptoms of osteoarthritis, this form of arthritis can be difficult to distinguish. It may induce abrupt joint pain as well as joint swelling and inflammation. Because of the resultant joint pain, it may become difficult for you to do your common daily tasks.

Rheumatoid arthritis has some symptoms that are distinct from osteoarthritis. If you're suffering from this disorder, you may get a fever. It may also cause extreme fatigue and a loss of appetite.

Chiropractic Treatment

Ankle pain may be effectively treated with chiropractic. The chiropractor may start by determining the source of the pain and what's causing it.

When an ankle injury is recent, and the affected area is tender and inflamed, the chiropractor may advise you to take complete rest and apply ice on the injured region. Some physical therapy may help relieve the pain and keep your feet healthy.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Austin, Tex.

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