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Common Sources of Ankle Pain

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BasketballThe NBA regular season is finally here and Sacramento Kings fans are eager to see how Boogie and the crew do under George Karl’s leadership. (Of course, drama fans might be eager to see how the Boogie/Karl relationship holds up!) Basketball is a true worldwide phenomenon, with professional leagues now existing in just about every continent. The game can certainly be fun, but, as with any physical activity, there is also risk of injury.

With all of the running and jumping that comes with the sport, it is possible to sustain an injury that causes ankle pain. There are many other ways besides basketball that an ankle can get hurt, but the good news is that McDowell Podiatry can help you with these issues. Some of the common ones we treat for our patients include:

Ankle Sprains Perhaps the most common injury that humans sustain, a sprain happens when the ankle twists beyond its intended range, thereby overstretching the supporting ligaments.

Osteoarthritis Some people are unaware that there are actually a couple of different types of arthritis. Osteoarthritis, the “wear and tear” variety, is the one that most often comes to mind. When this develops in the joints that make up the ankle, it can be a painful situation.

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) – Unlike osteoarthritis, RA is an autoimmune disease wherein the body misidentifies the protective cartilage found on the ends of bones as a threat. The misguided defensive mechanisms go to work attacking the lining.

Achilles Tendinitis The Achilles tendon is one of the most important connective tissues in the human body. It allows for up and down movement of the foot, which is obviously essential for normal mobility.

Fractures Whether a full break results from a traumatic event or a stress fracture develops over time, broken bones are a common source of pain in this area.

There are, of course, other potential causes of pain in your ankles. The important thing to know is that any pain you may be experiencing is an indication that something is wrong. We can help you by diagnosing the condition and then creating an effective treatment plan.

Whenever foot or ankle pain strikes, McDowell Podiatry Group is here for you. Our podiatrists take pride in providing first-class care that helps our patients recover from painful situations, so contact us today. Schedule your appointment online or call our Carmichael, CA office at (916) 961-3434.

Dr. Brian McDowell
Dr. Brian McDowell, board-certified podiatrist, provides cutting-edge foot and ankle care in Carmichael, CA.
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