Instability. Instability of the foot joint can indicate damage of ligament. Damage of ligament can be caused, for example, by the twisting of the foot joint or foot. Also pain, sensitivity and swelling can add up to the instability.
Consequences to the untreated damage of the ligament of ankle are repeated twists. Chronic instability can develop after repeated twists of the foot joint or ankle. Every next twisting of the foot joint or ankle and damage of ligament promotes instability and possibility of repeated sprain.
Pain in foot joint can be caused by various illnesses and traumas. It is important to precisely diagnose cause of the pain in order suitable treatment could be commenced. If the pain starts to encumber or limit daily activities of the person it is necessary to seek help of Traumatologist Orthopaedic specialist.
Stiffness. Stiffness or disturbed movements can be caused by sprain, osteoarthritis or pain in the heel (plantar fasciitis). Stiffness is more pronounced when movement should be commenced after prolonged period of rest state. Usually stiffness of the ankle or the foot is passing and reduces in case of appropriate treatment.
Swelling. Reasons of the swelling can not be directly related to the problems of the ankle or the foot joint but, for example, with disturbed function of the heart or blood circulation. Still reason of the swelling could be also reaction to the trauma of the foot or ankle, as well as accumulation of the fluid in the joint. It is important to determine reason of the swelling to select most appropriate treatment.
Cracking. Cracking of the joints of bones is not harmful. It does not indicate poor health condition, so long as the cracks are not accompanied by pain. Still if you feel pain accompanying cracking of the joint of the foot, it indicates possible damage of the joint that can not be left unnoticed, hoping that it will pass. If the pain repeats, it is recommended to consult Traumatology – Orthopaedic specialist to determine reason of the pain.
Insensibility can be the sign of jamming of the nerve or more extensive illness, for example, diabetes and disturbed blood circulation. Insensibility of foot or ankle can be caused by prolonged standing or trauma. If the insensibility does not go away, it is necessary to seek the help of neurologist.