Ankle Pain Treatment in Honolulu & Kahuku, HI

Ankle pain treatment in the Honolulu County, HI: Honolulu (Manoa, Kaneohe, Waikiki, Aiea, Waimalu, Moanalua, Kailua, Maunawili, Pearl City, Waipahu, Ahuimanu, Hawaii Kai, Waialae - Kahala) and North Shore (Kahuku, Laie, Hauula, Kawela Bay, Pupukea, Punaluu, Kaaawa, Haleiwa, Waialua, Koolauloa) areasAnkle pain may occur due to a number of different reasons, including obesity. Patients who are obese may experience ankle pain more commonly than others because of the additional weight being carried by their feet. Athletes are also common patients who will likely experience some form of ankle pain. Since athletes are often involved in sporting activities that may result in them falling awkwardly and rolling their ankle or tearing the ligaments in their ankle, it’s important that they take certain precautions before beginning said activity.

Symptoms of Ankle Pain

Ankle pain can often be accompanied by symptoms such as redness, swelling, stiffness and warm in the affected area. Pain can be described differently depending on the condition; short, stabbing pain and a dull ache are some examples. If such symptoms are persistent and do not improve after time, be sure to schedule an appointment with your local podiatrist.

Wearing proper footwear and athletic guards, as well as stretching before a sporting event, are great ways to help prevent injury to the ankle. If by chance you do sustain ankle injury, there are certain practices you can perform to help alleviate the discomfort. Icing the affected area, compressing the ankle, keeping the ankle elevated, and getting plenty of rest are all methods that may help lessen the pain that can come with having an ankle injury.

If you believe you’re experiencing an ankle injury, it’s highly recommended that you consult with a podiatrist for professional care and an advised treatment plan.

Ankle Pain (FAQs)

  • What usually causes ankle pain? 

    Typically, ankle pain is caused by an injury. Common ankle injuries include strains, sprains, fractures, and Achilles tendonitis. Other medical conditions may also result in ankle pain. Rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and even gout can affect the ankle joint, making it stiff, swollen, and inflamed. Systemic conditions like poor circulation or peripheral neuropathy may cause ankle pain, numbness, or tingling. 

  • How do I know if my ankle pain is serious? 

    The best way to know if your ankle pain is serious is to consult with a podiatrist near you. Signs indicating the need to seek the care of a podiatrist as soon as possible include ankle pain that is severe or worsens over time, significant swelling, or pain and swelling that comes on suddenly. You should also see a podiatrist if you are unable to bear weight on the ankle or if it is showing signs of infection such as redness and warmth. 

  • What are the treatments for ankle pain? 

    Specific treatments will depend on the underlying cause of the ankle pain. At home, your doctor may suggest that you follow the R.I.C.E. acronym and rest, ice, compress, and elevate the affected ankle. Footwear and activity modifications are often recommended to relieve symptoms and encourage healing. More serious injuries, like an ankle fracture, can require immobilizing the affected ankle in a cast, splint, or boot. Sometimes, surgery is required to repair severe fractures, sprains, or ankle arthritis. 

  • How long does it take for ankle pain to go away? 

    The time it takes for ankle pain to go away depends on the cause and severity of the underlying issue. For a less serious injury, it may take a week or more for pain to go away completely. Severe injuries can take several months to fully heal. Chronic conditions like arthritis are not curable, but symptoms can be managed with proper care. For best results, it is suggested that you follow the treatment plan given to you by your doctor. 

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