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Ankle Pain in the Elderly

Tuesday, 28 November 2023 00:00

Ankle pain in seniors can significantly affect mobility and quality of life. It often results from wear and tear on the ankle joint, leading to conditions such as osteoarthritis, where the cartilage cushioning the bones wears down. Another common cause is rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune condition that can cause joint pain and swelling. Ankle pain may also stem from past injuries, such as sprains or fractures that did not heal properly, or from changes in gait and balance as one ages. Poor circulation, gout, and nerve damage including peripheral neuropathy can contribute as well. It is important for seniors experiencing ankle pain to consult a podiatrist who can diagnose the cause accurately. Treatment may include medication for pain and inflammation, or wearing supportive braces or footwear. In some cases, if conservative treatments are not effective, surgical options may be considered. If you are a senior and experiencing ankle pain, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for an accurate diagnosis and treatment options.

Ankle pain can have many different causes and the pain may potentially be serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with one of our podiatrists from Cascade Foot & Ankle. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Ankle pain is any condition that causes pain in the ankle. Due to the fact that the ankle consists of tendons, muscles, bones, and ligaments, ankle pain can come from a number of different conditions.


The most common causes of ankle pain include:

  • Types of arthritis (rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, and gout)
  • Ankle sprains
  • Broken ankles
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Stress fractures
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis


Symptoms of ankle injury vary based upon the condition. Pain may include general pain and discomfort, swelling, aching, redness, bruising, burning or stabbing sensations, and/or loss of sensation.


Due to the wide variety of potential causes of ankle pain, podiatrists will utilize a number of different methods to properly diagnose ankle pain. This can include asking for personal and family medical histories and of any recent injuries. Further diagnosis may include sensation tests, a physical examination, and potentially x-rays or other imaging tests.


Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are rest, ice packs, keeping pressure off the foot, orthotics and braces, medication for inflammation and pain, and surgery.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Yakima and Ellensburg, WA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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