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Dealing With Ankle Ulcers

Tuesday, 30 August 2022 00:00

Ankle ulcers are sores that do not heal, usually because of weak blood circulation, and can last for a few weeks to a few years. Medically known as venous stasis ankle ulcers, they can occur when there is a break in the skin. If the valve in the vein that regulates blood flow is faulty, it results in a backflow. This in turn causes pressure that inhibits the ability of the skin, usually over bony areas like the ankle, to heal properly. Venous skin ulcers are more common among older people, particularly women. Chances for developing a venous skin ulcer increase if you have had a previous injury, smoke, have varicose veins, or are obese. These ankle ulcers are not always painful, but in some cases may burn or itch. If an ulcer becomes infected, it may leak green or yellow fluid. Treatment options vary, but include compression therapy, antibiotic medication, or in severe cases, surgery. If you notice a sore on your ankle that has not healed properly, it is suggested you consult a podiatrist as soon as possible for an exam and treatment recommendations. 

Ankle pain can have many different causes and the pain may potentially be serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with Massimo Pietrantoni, DPM from Rochester Podiatry, LLP. 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 one of our offices located in Brighton and Greece of Rochester, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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