How to Identify the Cause of Ankle Pain

Ankle pain can be caused by conditions such as arthritis, sprains, uncomfortable or ill-fitting shoes, or even circulation problems, which can also cause ankle swelling. You will need a complete medical examination so your doctor can identify the cause of your ankle pain. There are steps you and your doctor can take to identify the cause of ankle pain.


Things You'll Need:

  • ·          Medical examination
  • ·         Blood tests
  • ·         X-rays or MRI
  • ·         Cardiac or vascular testing
  1.  Step 1

Examine your ankle. You may notice bruising that could have occurred from an injury. It is possible that you could have injured your ankle and not have noticed it. Sometimes it takes a day or two before you notice an increase in pain after an injury.

  1. Step 2

See your doctor. You will need to visit your doctor for a complete physical examination. Ankle pain may be caused by injuries or medical conditions. Your doctor can order the appropriate testing to assist in identifying the cause of your ankle pain.

  1. Step 3

Get blood tests. Ask your doctor about blood tests that may diagnose conditions that can cause ankle pain, such as gout. Gout will cause uric acid blood levels to rise. Gout is a very painful condition that may affect your ankles.

  1. Step 4

Ask about X-rays or an MRI. You can ask your doctor if he feels X-rays or an MRI are appropriate to diagnose your ankle pain. Conditions that may show up are arthritis, broken bones and ligaments, or tendon and joint problems. You may have injured your ankle and not have realized it. An injury may be the cause of your ankle pain, and an X-ray or MRI will help identify it.

  1. Step 5

Suggest vascular testing. Certain vascular conditions can cause ankle swelling and subsequent pain. Ask your doctor to order tests that may identify a vascular condition, such as poor circulation, which may contribute to ankle pain.

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