Diabetes and ankle pain are a systemic disease and one if its’ many complications. Individuals who have had Diabetes Mellitus for an extended period are prone to developing Diabetic Neuropathy, which is nerve damage resulting for the high levels of sugar in the blood. Since Diabetics do not make sufficient amounts of insulin (Type 1) or the body is resistant to the insulin that is manufactured (Type 2), the glucose has no method of transfer out of the bloodstream. Instead, it remains there to cause irreparable harm to the nerves (Diabetic Neuropathy.)

According to data from the 2011 National Fact Sheet, 70% of people with Diabetes have nerve damage. It is commonplace even in Diabetics who have few incidences of Hyperglycemia (high blood sugar levels.) The number of Hyperglycemic episodes may be relative to the severity and progression of the damage, and will affect various areas of the body. Initially, most people with Diabetic Neuropathy will have symptoms in the feet. The pain presents in the feet and works up to the ankles, calves, knees, and thighs. Pain in the feet can be felt in the toes, heel, or ankle, and on the top, bottom, and sides of the feet.


Diabetes and Ankle Pain-Part b


Diabetes ankle pain can occur from nerve damage in the foot, leg, or ankle. The ankle can develop painful skin conditions, such as ulcers that start on the surface, but can progress deep into the muscles bones, ligaments, and tendons. In addition, ulcers in Diabetics are extremely susceptible to infections, such as gangrene. The gangrene can cover a portion of the ankle’s surface in the beginning stages, but it can rapidly overtake the entire ankle and foot. It is possible-and common-for gangrene to invade so deep within the tissue and bone that amputation is the only viable option of treatment.


Diabetes and Ankle Pain-Part c


Symptoms of Diabetes ankle pain includes burning, throbbing, tingling, or shooting pains.An individual may be sensitive to touch, temperature changes, and infections. Any movement that involves the ankle, leg, or foot can cause intense pain. Walking, standing, and changing positions when the ankle is involved may be difficult and painful. Wearing an ankle brace may provide support when doing tedious tasks. Soaking the ankle and foot in warm water, using ice packs, and some over the counter medications may also alleviate the pain. Any pain that is new or persistent should always be checked out by a physician to ensure that the pain is due to Diabetes and not to a sprain or other condition.