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What is ankle pain?

Ankle pain is common and can easily happen if we fall or miss a step, causing us to twist our foot.

Ankle pain causes

Ankle pain is commonly due to a sprain, and this can happen to anyone. Most of us will have accidentally twisted our ankle through a fall or missing a step, which sprains our ankle by stretching, twisting or tearing a connecting ligament.1


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Ankle pain types

There are lots of reasons why you may have a sore ankle. For example, tendonitis can cause pain and stiffness in any joint, including ankles, when a tendon becomes inflamed after an injury.2

Some people experience ankle nerve pain due to tarsal tunnel syndrome, which creates pain, numbness, or tingling along what’s called the ‘tibial nerve’ which runs down the inner ankle.3

Ankle pain symptoms

When you sprain your ankle, the pain can be sudden and severe, and cause swelling and bruising that is very tender to the touch.4

Ankle pain relief

There are plenty of techniques you can try at home to manage your ankle pain. The first thing to do is avoid walking on your injured ankle or doing any strenuous activities. To get short-term relief from ankle pain try the RICE approach of Rest, Ice, Comfortable Support, and Elevation. This involves resting the joint to prevent further injury, and applying an ice pack for 15 minutes using a support bandage to hold it in place that covers the area to the next joint. Finally, elevate the injury and support it with something soft, like a cushion.5

For ankle pain relief try Solpadeine Plus or Solpadeine Max. Your pharmacist will be able to give you more advice, and you should talk to your GP if your pain gets worse or persists for more than a few days.

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1. NHS: Sports injuries. Available at: Accessed July 2021.
2. NHS: Tendonitis. Available at: Accessed July 2021.
3. Healthline: Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome. Available at: Accessed July 2021.
4. NHS: Foot and ankle pain. Available at: Accessed July 2021.
5. St John Ambulance. How to treat strains and sprains. Available at: Accessed July 2021.

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