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Common Causes of Ankle Pain

Tuesday, 09 April 2024 00:00

Ankle pain, a prevalent discomfort that can significantly impede daily activities, stems from various underlying factors. One primary cause is ankle sprains, resulting from sudden twists or rolls of the foot, leading to ligament damage and inflammation. Similarly, overuse injuries, such as tendinitis, occur when tendons become inflamed due to repetitive stress or strain, commonly observed in athletes or individuals engaged in strenuous physical activities. Additionally, arthritis, a condition characterized by joint inflammation, can affect the ankle joint, causing pain, stiffness, and swelling. Fractures, often caused by falls, accidents, or high-impact injuries, also contribute to ankle pain, necessitating immediate medical attention. Furthermore, conditions like Achilles tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, and nerve compression syndromes can manifest as ankle discomfort. If you have ankle pain, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can determine what the cause is, and offer you effective relief and treatment options.

Ankle pain can be caused by a number of problems and may be potentially serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with Dr. Gary Cesar from Michigan Foot and Ankle Center. 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
  • Bursitis
  • 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 our offices located in Lansing and Mt. Pleasant, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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