Ankle pain

Definition

Ankle pain involves any discomfort in one or both ankles.

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 doctor if:


Review Date: 1/17/2013
Reviewed By: C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.

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