Chronic lateral ankle pain is a recurring or chronic pain on the outside part of the ankle that often develops after an injury such as a sprained ankle. Signs and symptoms include ankle instability, difficulty walking on uneven ground or in high heels, pain, sometimes intense, on the outer side of the ankle, repeated ankle sprains, stiffness, swelling, and tenderness. Our Seattle podiatrists can address these issues and more!
Although ankle sprains are the most common cause of chronic lateral ankle pain, other causes may include fracture in one of the bones that make up the ankle joint, arthritis of the ankle joint, inflammation of the joint lining, injury to the nerves that pass through the ankle. In this case, the nerves become stretched, torn, injured by a direct blow, or pinched under pressure, torn or inflamed tendon, and scar tissue in the ankle after a sprain. The scar tissue takes up space in the joint, putting pressure on the ligaments.
Anti-inflammatory medications can reduce swelling in minor cases. Other correctives and preventative measures provided by Seattle podiatrists include physical therapy, braces, and supports or steroid medication. If the chronic pain is the result of the fracture, immobilizing the ankle can allow the bone time to heal.
Call Integrative Foot & Ankle Centers of Washington at (425) 678-3877 today to learn more about the services we offer.