Ankle Pain

Ankle pain is pretty common scenario making it a cause of discomfort and inconvenience to a huge number of individuals all over the world. How widespread are these types of pains and what treatments do podiatrists employ to heal & treat ankle pain?

Ankle Pain

Ankle pain occurrence has been increasing. In fact, 230,000 Achilles tendon injuries happen in U.S. annually. Doctors at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush have seen a 300 percent increase in these types of injuries over a ten-year span. though common in young athletes, the fastest growing patients are active and between ages 30 and 50. This in turn raised a huge amount of concern.

In an effort to help stop ankle injuries from occurring, physicians of Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush collaborated with athletic trainers in the Midwest to launch Ankles for Life. This public awareness program aims to provides athletes of all ages the tools to incorporate ankle injury prevention tactics into their workout and warm-up routines.

There are a number of common ankle injuries people have experienced throughout their lifetime. The most common of them are ankle sprains. Furthermore, there are two types of ankle sprains: an inversion sprain and a high ankle sprain. Another thing to note are the ankle fractures which are considered to be far more severe injuries and are not as common as ankle sprains.

Symptoms of an ankle injury include: swelling, bruising and pain when walking and your feet could be to blame for ankle, knee or hip pain. The reason behind this is that when one joint or muscle moves, it creates a chain of reactions in the associated muscles and joints. Poor mobility, improper posture or inactivity due to injury or surgery can cause significant pain in the affected joint or muscle but it can also create discomfort in other distant body parts.

Another type of injury that is related to ankle pain is the plantar fascia which is a flat band of tissue that runs from the heel to the base of the toes. Certain problems — an unstable ankle or weak arches, even just the way you walk — can put extra stress on the plantar fascia, causing heel pain. Over time, tension on the plantar fascia causes tiny tears in the tissue, leading to inflammation. Treatments vary for painful plantar fasciitis, but rest is the best and this is the reason why doctors often tell their patients that the easiest remedy is to stay off their feet.

Modern technology however is paving the way in making the treatment way more comfortable. A good example of this can be seen with CoolPulse Technology which aim to reduce foot injection pain. New research on the use of CoolPulse technology for foot injection pain was presented during the Foundation for Podiatric Medicine held from January 27 to January 29, 2017 in New York City. According to the research team from Temple University, Buzzy, a reusable pain blocking device that combines cold and vibration, reduces foot and ankle injection pain by 50% compared with cold spray alone.

Ankle pain is indeed a cause for concern and a misdiagnosed foot, ankle injuries may result in arthritis, chronic pain and disability. Front-line physicians are advised to err on the side of caution and opt for additional imaging and second opinions when diagnosing six common foot and ankle injuries. A new study by orthopedic surgeons finds misdiagnosis often results in poor long-term patient outcomes, including arthritis and disability. For that matter it is always a good idea to go to at least two doctors to compare their findings.