10 Symptoms of Ankylosing Spondylitis

Ankylosing spondylitis, an inflammatory disease, slowly causes your vertebrae, located in your spine to fuse. The term “fuse” means that your vertebrae connects together and causes your spin to become less flexible. Ankylosing spondylitis can change your posture in a negative way. Ankylosing spondylitis can also affect your ribs. If your ribs are affected, you may have trouble breathing deeply.

Ankylosing spondylitis affects more men than women. Symptoms and signs of ankylosing spondylitis begin in your early adult years. The cause of the medical condition is unknown. Many genetic factors seem to contribute to developing the medical condition. For instance, if you have the HLA-B27 gene, you are at an increased risk of developing this medical condition. It does not mean that you will develop ankylosing spondylitis, if you have the gene.

1. Ankle pain

Your ankle has numerous bones, tendons, muscles and ligaments intricately connected together. They make your ankle strong enough to bear your body’s weight and help you move. Ankle pain occurs on the outside or inside of your ankle depending on what is causing the pain. Other symptoms of pain in your ankle includes redness, instability and burning pain. It can also occur along your Achilles tendon. Symptoms of ankle pain may include bruising and swelling around the affected area.

Common causes of ankle pain include medical conditions such as an injury, nerve damage, arthritis or gout. It may also be caused by an infection in the joint. One most common cause is an ankle sprain. Treatment for the symptom depends on the underlying condition. Treatment may include rest, putting ice on your ankle and keeping it elevated for an ankle sprain.