What is an ankle pain?
Having an ankle pain means you have to suffer from pain or discomfort of any types in your ankle areas. The leading cause of ankle pain is ankle sprain, but your ankle pain can also result from:
Immediate treatment for an ankle injury
RICE is the most famous immediate treatment of ankle pain that can be performed at home. This method includes these following steps:
Rest. Let your sore ankle rest by not putting pressure on it. During the first few days after the injury, try to limit any movements using the damaged ankle. You can make use of crutches or a cane to support when walking more moving.
Ice. Put an ice bag on the sore ankle for 20 minutes at a time, 3-5 times a day, each time apart from another for about 90 minutes. Continue this method for 3 days after the injury. Ice will ease your swollen ankle and reduce the numb pain.
Compression. Use an elastic bandage to wrap around your painful ankle. Keep the bandage tight enough since too tight wrapping would make your toes turn blue or bring about numbness.
Elevation. Regularly raise the injured ankle above your heart level. You can use a stack of pillows to support.
After the immediate treatment, you can take some OTC (over-the-counter) medicine to reduce the pain and swelling. Those drugs include acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
Once your ankle gets better, apply some gentle exercise like rotating it in circular movements, in both directions, and just stop once you feel hurt. In addition, you can flex the ankle up and down using your hands. These exercises will help your ankle regain its motions while lower the risk of re-injury.
Medications to treat ankle pain
If arthritis is the cause of your ankle pain, you can never totally get rid of the pain and discomfort without the help from medications. Depend on your arthritis’s form and other additional health conditions, you will receive different medications to deal with your pain in the most effective way. Commonly, those medications include:
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). NSAIDs are used to help you cope with pain and inflammation from all forms of arthritis. They can be bought without a prescription.
Corticosteroids. Corticosteroids need little time to take effects on your body in terms of controlling inflammation. They can be used orally or in form of injections.
Analgesics. Analgesics help you relieve discomforts from arthritis and other pains. Unlike NSAIDs, Analgesics just simply target to pain relief, not include inflammation prevention.
Disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs). DMARDs slowly modify the course of your inflammatory disease. They are prescribed to treat rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and psoriatic arthritis.
Gout medications. Those drugs work by reducing uric acid’s levels in your blood, preventing the possibility of joint pain and inflammation that may hit in the future.
Biologic response modifiers. Each drug in this group helps to block a step in the inflammation process while not suppressing the entire immune system.
Osteoporosis medications. These drugs help your bone stronger and less vulnerable to fractures or injuries.
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Review Date: June 1, 2017 | Last Modified: June 1, 2017
What causes ankle pain? 17 possible conditions http://www.healthline.com/symptom/ankle-pain Accessed May 31, 2017
Medications to Treat Ankles http://www.arthritis.org/about-arthritis/where-it-hurts/ankle-pain/treatment/ankle-arthritis-medication.php Accessed May 31, 2017