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Ankle Pain

There are a variety of causes for ankle pain. Ankle pain can be associated with medical conditions that may cause more serious health concerns. Because of the range of severity associated with ankle pain, it's important to talk with a doctor. 

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Possible Causes of Ankle Pain

There are a wide range of ankle pain causes. Some conditions that may be associated with ankle pain include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Arthritis,
  • Gout,
  • Broken ankle,
  • Sprained ankle,
  • Ankle tendinitis

You can learn more about specific causes of ankle pain below. 

If you think that you or a loved one's ankle pain may be caused by any of the above medical conditions, it's best to talk with an SOS doctor to help prevent the condition from getting worse. 

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What is a Sprained Ankle?

A sprained ankle, also known as an ankle sprain, occurs when the ligaments that hold ankle bones together are stretched or torn. 

When ankle ligaments are pushed beyond the normal range of motion, a sprain occurs. 

Causes of a Sprained Ankle

While there are many potential causes of a sprained ankle, ankle sprain causes include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Falling and twisting the ankle,
  • Landing awkwardly after jumping or moving the foot,
  • Walking on an uneven surface,
  • Something falling on the foot,
  • Sports injuries

Sprained Ankle Symptoms


Symptoms of a sprained ankle include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Ankle pain,
  • Ankle tenderness,
  • Ankle swelling,
  • Bruising on or near the ankle,
  • Limited range of motion,
  • Ankle instability,
  • Hearing or feeling a pop when the injury occurs

As a sprained ankle risks getting worse, it's important to see a doctor if you or a loved one have sprained ankle symptoms.

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Diagnosing and Treating a Sprained Ankle

The SOS team of ankle doctors and ankle surgeons have the experience and state-of-the-art technology to diagnose and treat a sprained ankle.

In addition to being able to diagnose a sprained ankle, the SOS team provides total orthopedic care for a sprained ankle.

Sprained ankle treatment options include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Rest, applying ice, compressing the ankle with an elastic bandage and elevating the ankle,
  • Pain relief medications,
  • Crutches,
  • Physical therapy,
  • Surgery, if necessary

The SOS team prioritizes conservative treatment for a sprained ankle. An SOS ankle doctor can create a comprehensive care plan that's personalized to you or your loved one's health needs. 

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What is Ankle Arthritis?

Arthritis is a disease that causes joint swelling, inflammation and often pain. Because of this, ankle arthritis is a form of arthritis that affects the ankle. This can cause ankle pain. 

What Causes Ankle Arthritis?

Arthritis is a type of degenerative joint disease. This means that arthritis is more likely to develop with age and wear and tear over the years. 

Ankle Arthritis Symptoms 


Patients with ankle arthritis may experience the following symptoms:

  • Tenderness affecting the ankle and/or foot,
  • Difficulties moving, walking or putting weight on the affected ankle and/or foot
  • Joint stiffness,
  • Joint swelling,
  • Ankle pain

If you or a loved one experience any of the above symptoms, you may want to see an SOS doctor for a diagnosis, and to seek treatment before the symptoms worsen. 

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Ankle Arthritis Treatment Options


There are many ways to treat ankle arthritis. These treatments can help provide symptom relief. Treatments may also help you enjoy the things you love to do without ankle arthritis holding you back. 

Treatments for ankle arthritis include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Injections to the affected joints,
  • Anti-inflammatory medications to reduce swelling,
  • Pain relief medication,
  • More supportive footwear,
  • Physical therapy,


The SOS team is experienced in helping people treat arthritis, including ankle arthritis. SOS prioritizes conservative treatment options. Surgery is only encouraged for patients who fail to achieve the symptom relief they're looking for through other treatment options. When surgery is the best treatment for arthritis, you can be confident that you're in good hands. The SOS team includes experienced surgeons who have helped thousands of people take their life back. 

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What is Gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis that develops from high levels of uric acid. 

What Causes Gout in Ankle?

The body produces uric acid to break down purines. In addition to the body having natural purines in all cells, purine is also in certain foods, such as:

  • Red meat,
  • Alcohol,
  • Sugary drinks

When too much uric acid is produced, crystals can form, resulting in gout and related symptoms developing. 

Symptoms of Gout in Ankle


When gout affects the ankle, symptoms may include:

  • Ankle pain,
  • Ankle swelling,
  • Ankle redness,
  • The ankle feels warm,
  • Ankle stiffness,
  • Reduced range of motion

If you or a loved one experience any of the above gout symptoms, it's important to seek diagnosis and treatment to reduce the risk of the condition worsening. 

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Treatments for Gout in Ankle

SOS ankle doctors are experienced in diagnosing and treating gout that causes ankle pain and other ankle problems. 

The SOS team has the specialized medical knowledge and methods to diagnose gout. 

Gout treatment options include, but are not limited to:

  • Anti-inflammatory medications,
  • Corticosteroids,
  • Certain pain relief medications,
  • Medications that limit the body's uric acid production,
  • Medications that aid in eliminating excess uric acid,
  • Diet changes

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What is a Broken Ankle?


A broken ankle, also known as a fractured ankle, occurs when one or more bones in the ankle joint break. 

What Causes a Broken Ankle?


A broken ankle has many potential causes, including, but not necessarily limited to:

  • Twisting or rolling the ankle,
  • A sudden impact on the ankle, such as a fall or auto accident,
  • Repetitive motions

Broken Ankle Symptoms


Symptoms of a broken ankle include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Ankle pain,
  • Ankle swelling,
  • In severe cases, bone may appear out of the skin

If you or a loved one experience any of the above symptoms of a broken ankle, it's important to seek medical attention. If untreated, a broken ankle can get worse and has the potential for long term problems. 

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Broken Ankle Treatment Options

SOS ankle doctors have the experience and specialized equipment to diagnose a broken ankle. The SOS team has helped patients by providing treatments for a broken ankle. 

Broken ankle treatments vary depending on the severity. 

Broken ankle treatment options include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Applying a splint or cast,
  • Applying a protective boot,
  • Using crutches to prevent weight from being put on the ankle,
  • Surgery

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