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Top 5 Causes of Ankle Pain

Do you have ankle pain? You’re not alone. In fact, according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, ankle pain is one of the most common musculoskeletal complaints. The good news is that in most cases, ankle pain can be treated with non-surgical methods. But what exactly is causing your ankle pain? Read on to learn about the top 5 causes of ankle pain.

1. Arthritis

Arthritis is a common cause of ankle pain, particularly in older adults. There are many different types of arthritis, but the two most common types that affect the ankle are: osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis


is caused by the breakdown of cartilage, which is the protective cushioning around your joints.

Rheumatoid arthritis

is an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation in the joints. Both types of arthritis can lead to pain, stiffness, and swelling in the ankles.

2. Achilles tendonitis

The Achilles tendon is the large tendon that connects your calf muscles to your heel bone. Achilles tendonitis is an inflammation of this tendon. Achilles tendonitis can be caused by overuse or repetitive stress on the tendon, such as from running or jumping. It can also be caused by a sudden increase in activity level or by wearing shoes that don’t fit properly. Symptoms of Achilles tendonitis include pain and tenderness along the back of the leg or ankle, stiffness and swelling in the area, and difficulty walking or bending the foot.

3. Sprains and strains

A sprain

is a stretching or tearing of ligaments, which are the tissues that connect bones together at joints. A strain is a stretching or tearing of muscles or tendons, which are tissues that connect muscles to bones. Both sprains and strains can occur in any part of the body, including the ankle.

Sprains and strains are often caused by falls, twists, or blows to the body that forces a joint out of its normal position. Symptoms include pain, swelling, bruising, and difficulty moving the affected joint.

4 . Fractures

A fracture is a break in a bone. Ankle fractures are usually caused by high-impact trauma, such as a car accident or a fall from a significant height. Symptoms include severe pain, swelling, deformity in the affected area, and inability to put weight on the affected foot. If you think you may have fractured your ankle, it’s important to see a doctor right away so that you can receive proper treatment.

5 . Nerve problems

Nerve problems can also cause ankle pain. The most common nerve problem that affects the ankles is called tarsal tunnel syndrome.

Tunnel syndrome

This condition occurs when there is pressure on the nerves in your foot. Tarsal tunnel syndrome can be caused by diabetes, obesity, pregnancy, or injury. Symptoms include numbness, tingling, burning, or shooting pain in the foot or ankle. If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s important to see a doctor so that you can receive treatment.

There are many different causes of ankle pain. In most cases, however, it can be treated with non-surgical methods. If you are experiencing any symptoms of ankle pain, it’s essential to see a podiatrist so that you can receive treatment.

At Premier Foot and Ankle, our team of experienced podiatrists will work with you to determine the root cause of your ankle pain and develop a treatment plan that works for you. Schedule an appointment today to get started on finding relief.