Chronic Lateral Ankle Pain

Suffering from chronic lateral ankle pain can be painful and frustrating. So what specifically causes chronic lateral ankle pain, and how can we treat it?

What is it?

Lateral ankle pain is pain on the outside (lateral) part of the foot. It can be a painful condition that causes several symptoms, including

  • Swelling
  • Stiffness
  • Difficulty walking or standing
  • Susceptibility to ankle sprains
  • Instability

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms in your foot, contact Great Neck Family Foot Care, a podiatrist in Manhasset. They can address your foot condition before it gets worse.

Chronic lateral ankle pain can have a number of causes. The most common cause is the failure of the ankle to properly heal after an injury (such as an ankle sprain). This is because scar tissue often develops after an ankle sprain. This scar tissue then begins taking up space in the joint and putting pressure on the ligaments.

Bunions are another cause of lateral ankle pain. Bunions are a bone defect that causes the big toe to rotate inwards. Someone with bunions might shift more of their weight on the lateral side of their foot, leading to injury.

A third cause, peroneal tendonitis (tendinopathy), is an inflammation of the peroneal tendons, which attach at different points on the outside of the ankle. This occurs when there is repetitive tension of the tendons. Once the tendons are inflamed, pain is experienced on the outside of the ankle.

Finally, there is sinus tarsi syndrome. This takes place when there is damage to the sinus tarsi, a small tunnel under the talus ankle bone. This can be caused by overuse or injury.

The causes highlighted above are just some of the more prominent causes of chronic ankle pain. If you’re experiencing chronic lateral ankle pain, contact Great Neck Family Foot Care, a podiatrist in Manhasset. They can perform a thorough examination and discover the specific cause and nature of your pain.

Treatments for Chronic Lateral Ankle Pain

For milder cases of chronic lateral ankle pain, some self-treatment options are available. For immediate relief, one can follow the RICE method; Rest the foot, Ice the foot, Compress the foot and Elevate the foot. Over the counter, anti-inflammatory medication can also reduce inflammation and provide immediate relief.

Unfortunately, however, if you are experiencing chronic lateral ankle pain, you will probably need professional help. Due to the wide range of possible causes of chronic lateral ankle pain, the first thing a podiatrist can do is diagnose exactly what is causing your pain. Depending on the cause, a podiatrist can then provide a number of treatment options, including providing a cast, splint, or brace to brace the ankle, performing physical therapy to strengthen the joint, providing cortisone injections, and as a last resort, surgery.

If you’re experiencing intense, prolonged pain on the outside of your ankle, or any other foot pain, contact Great Neck Family Foot Care, a podiatrist in Manhasset with experience in treating a variety of foot conditions.