What could be my problem?
Recurring or chronic pain on the outer side of the ankle, known as Chronic Lateral Ankle Pain
What causes Chronic Lateral Ankle Pain?
- An injury to the nerves that pass through the ankle. The nerves may be stretched, torn, injured by a direct blow or pinched under pressure (entrapment)
- A torn or inflamed tendon
- Arthritis of the ankle joint
- A fracture in one of the bones that make up the ankle joint
- An inflammation of the joint lining (synovium)
- The development of scar tissue in the ankle after a sprain; the scar tissue takes up space in the ankle joint thus putting pressure in the ligaments
When to see a foot doctor about Chronic Lateral Ankle Pain:
- Ankle pain, usually on the outer side, may be so intense that you have difficulty walking or participating in sports; pain can be a constant, dull ache.
- Difficulty walking on uneven ground or in high heels
- A feeling of giving way (instability) in the ankle joint
- Repeated ankle sprains
If I have Chronic Lateral Ankle Pain, what are my treatment options?
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Physical therapy
- Ankle brace
- Steroid injection therapy
- In the case of fracture, immobilization to allow the bone to heal
When conservative ankle paint treatment does not relieve the pain, surgery may be recommended, including:
- Removing (excising) loose fragments
- Cleaning (debriding) the joint or joint surface
- Repairing or reconstructing the ligaments or transferring tendons