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Causes of Ankle Pain at Night

Tuesday, 04 October 2022 00:00

Ankle pain at night can be debilitating, because it interferes with sleep. The ankle allows your feet to flex and extend, so if you move your foot while sleeping it will aggravate an injured ankle and result in pain. Other symptoms include swelling, bruising, and deformity. Frequently, the pain from an injured ankle also radiates into the foot, lower leg, and knee, causing further discomfort and more opportunity to lose sleep. One cause of ankle pain is a sprain, which is a torn or ruptured ligament that results when your foot rolls inward and stretches the ligament past its normal range. Other causes of ankle pain include bursitis, tendonitis, and arthritis. Being overweight can cause and increase ankle pain. Stress fractures in the foot, along with gout and poor circulation are known to contribute to ankle pain. Treating ankle pain can be a long process, and it is wise to consult with a podiatrist early to reduce the time it will take to heal. A podiatrist can examine your ankle and address the cause of the pain, offering proper treatment options that may help you sleep better at night. 

Ankle pain can be caused by a number of problems and may be potentially serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with one of our podiatrists from Community Podiatry Group. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Ankle pain is any condition that causes pain in the ankle. Due to the fact that the ankle consists of tendons, muscles, bones, and ligaments, ankle pain can come from a number of different conditions.

Causes

The most common causes of ankle pain include:

  • Types of arthritis (rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, and gout)
  • Ankle sprains
  • Broken ankles
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Stress fractures
  • Bursitis
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis

Symptoms

Symptoms of ankle injury vary based upon the condition. Pain may include general pain and discomfort, swelling, aching, redness, bruising, burning or stabbing sensations, and/or loss of sensation.

Diagnosis

Due to the wide variety of potential causes of ankle pain, podiatrists will utilize a number of different methods to properly diagnose ankle pain. This can include asking for personal and family medical histories and of any recent injuries. Further diagnosis may include sensation tests, a physical examination, and potentially x-rays or other imaging tests.

Treatment

Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are rest, ice packs, keeping pressure off the foot, orthotics and braces, medication for inflammation and pain, and surgery.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Flint, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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