Chronic Lateral Ankle Pain
What is Chronic Lateral Ankle Pain?
Chronic lateral ankle pain generally starts with an ankle sprain. A sprain happens when you injure the ligaments, which help to connect bones. Ankle pain will hinder any form of frequent activities, such as sports and other occasions where you need to put weight on your ankle.
What causes Chronic Lateral Ankle Pain?
Chronic lateral ankle pain can also come from:
- Nerve injury in the ankle
- Too much scar tissue that has built up in the ankle following a sprain
- Joint inflammation
- Ankle joint fractures
Chronic Lateral Ankle Pain Treatment
Chronic lateral ankle pain can be treated by some of the following:
- Physical Therapy - You need to get physical therapy in order to strengthen the muscles in that area, and to improve your overall motion.
- Support - Ankle braces are used to give your ankle full support while recovering.
- Meds - Normally, it's suggested that you take anti-inflammatory medicine to help reduce the swelling and tenderness of chronic lateral ankle pain. Injections of Platlet Rich Plasma (PRP), and or Amniotic membrane/fluid are the latest non surgical treatments.
- Casts - In more serious cases of chronic lateral ankle pain, your podiatrist might use a cast to help stabilize your ankle.
- Surgical repair is very often done arthroscopically, repairing cartilage and ligaments through very small incisions, and fairly rapid recovery.
Way too often, we allow small aches and pains to grow into chronic disorders. Pain will go away most of the time if an injury isn't severe. However, when the pain lasts for weeks, or it goes away, only to return numerous times, you have a problem that needs to be taken care of.