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How Neuropathy Contributes to Chronic Ankle Pain

Tuesday, 13 February 2024 00:00

Neuropathy, a condition involving damaged or dysfunctional nerves, can cause chronic ankle pain. Neuropathy may occur after an ankle injury or surgery. When the nerves responsible for transmitting signals from the feet to the brain are affected, it can cause altered sensations and heightened pain responses. Peripheral neuropathy, where the nerves outside the brain and spinal cord are affected, is common in people with Type 2 diabetes. They may experience lessened ability to perceive pain, especially in the feet and lower legs, because persistently high blood sugar damages nerves. Neuropathy can also lead to muscle weakness, which puts patients at increased risk of injury to the ankles. If you’re experiencing chronic ankle pain, it is suggested you consult with a podiatrist who can diagnose the source of the pain and offer treatment options for conditions like neuropathy. 

Ankle pain can have many different causes and the pain may potentially be serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with Dale Delaney, DPM from InStride Kinston Podiatry Center. Our doctor 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 office located in Kinston, NC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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