Ankle pain involves any discomfort in one or both ankles.
Pain - ankle
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 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 provider if:
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Review Date: 3/17/2019
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