No matter where your ankle hurts, it’s an indication of a medical problem. The pain itself can be bad enough, but for some, the worst part is not being able to participate in favorite activities. If you enjoy staying physically active—running, playing sports, working out—there is a chance you may sustain an injury that affects the health of your lower limbs at some point. In certain cases, these injuries can potentially cause pain on the inside of your ankle.
Medically known as medial ankle pain, pain on the inside of an ankle can have a gradual onset caused by overuse (where it is difficult to pinpoint an exact time of injury), or it can be a sudden development in response to a traumatic event that is accompanied by swelling or bruising.
There are a number of acute injuries that can cause this problem, but the most common reason for pain on the inside of the ankle is a sprain—one of the most common injuries people sustain anywhere in the entire body, in fact. If you sustain an ankle sprain, immediate first aid is quite important. The reason a sprained ankle hurts so badly is the ligaments (connective tissues that bind bones together) have become stretched beyond their intended range. The excessive stretching can cause rips in the tissue, which results in inflammation. You can help to control the swelling, and relieve pain, by using the RICE protocol (rest, ice, compression, and elevation) as first aid.
Tarsal tunnel syndrome is another painful condition that is caused by pressure on your posterior tibial nerve as it travels through a passage called the tarsal tunnel. This anatomical tunnel is located just below the bony protrusion on the inside of the ankle. The condition causes a burning pain in the foot, along with “pins and needles” and pain radiating down into the arch of the foot. Pain is often worse when running or standing for long periods of time and at night.
In the event you are experiencing pain on the inside of your ankle—or anywhere in your lower limb—come see us here at Richardson Podiatry Center for the accurate diagnosis and effective treatment you need. If you want additional information, or you would like to schedule an appointment with our Richardson, TX foot doctor office, simply call us at (972) 690-5374. You can also contact us online right now.