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Have ankle pain at night? Here are some possible causes

Ankle Pain at Night

When most people feel pain in their ankle, they most likely suspect an ankle sprain. This assumption isn’t entirely without merit. After all, one medical study reports there were more than 3.1 million ankle sprains in the U.S. between 2002 and 2006. However, there are several other issues that could be the cause of your nighttime ankle pain. 

What could be causing your ankle pain at night?

Physical therapists can help you learn what’s causing your ankle pain at night. This is possible because these specialists can perform a comprehensive assessment of your ankle. The results of this assessment can point to the most likely cause of your pain. Some of the issues that your therapist might uncover include: 

  • Plantar fasciitis — This condition occurs in a thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot. The plantar fascia is the name of this structure, and it’s often injured when excessive stress is placed on it by activities like running. Plantar fasciitis also causes pain in the heel that can be worse when you first get out of bed in the morning. It’s estimated that this condition leads to more than 1 million doctor’s visits per year. 
  • Ankle osteoarthritisOsteoarthritis can cause cartilage to wear out or become damaged, and it can affect any joint in the body, including the ankle. Researchers estimate that more than 3% of Americans have ankle osteoarthritis. This condition can cause the ankle to stiffen and become painful when you’re sleeping. These symptoms are likely caused by the ankle positions or lack of movement that occurs while you’re asleep. 
  • Peripheral neuropathy — Damage to the nerves outside of the brain and spinal cord is known as peripheral neuropathy. It’s estimated that 30 million Americans have some form of this condition. Often, this condition can cause you to wake up with pins-and-needles sensations in your ankle. It can also lead to burning pains in this joint. 


Peak Performance can help treat your nighttime ankle pain

You don’t have to continue dealing with ankle pain every night. Our physical therapy specialists at Peak Performance are primed to assist you with your ankle pain. Our clinics offer free screenings that can reveal the cause of your pain. With this cause in mind, we can then build you a personalized therapy plan designed to reduce your ankle pain. 

Are you ready to start getting our help for your ankle pain? Contact us today for more information or to schedule an initial appointment.