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In the UK, approximately 3% of GP visits are due to foot or ankle pain.¹
The feet and ankles are some of the most complex, hard-working areas of the body. Most of us will experience pain foot and ankle pain at some point during our lifetime, hardly surprising for an area that contains 26 bones and 33 joints, held together by an involved network of muscles, tendons, ligaments, and nerves.
Because the area around the foot and ankle is so complex, there are many different reasons for foot and ankle pain. However, the vast majority of pain in this area is not serious and comes from soft tissue injuries, like sprain or strains, which are short term.
When pain in foot and ankle pain is longer lasting or chronic pain, it may be for one of the following reasons:
Certain painful conditions are more localised around the ankle:
Some traumatic problems are much more localised in the foot:
Since the majority of foot and ankle problems are soft tissue injuries, they can usually be managed with RICE treatment at home:
Painkillers like paracetamol can also help to aid discomfort, but anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen should be avoided as they may slow down the healing process.
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If pain in the foot and ankle is not improving after the first couple of days, or even getting worse, see your doctor who can refer you to a foot and ankle specialist: