Top 4 Causes of Ankle Pain

If you’re like most people, you have probably injured your ankle at some point in your life. Our ankles are extremely sensitive and also help support our full weight, so they are very susceptible to injury.

It can be difficult to identify exactly what is causing a particular ankle pain, so here are the top four culprits:

  1. Sprains

The tough bands of ligaments that help to hold your ankle joint together can become excessively stretched or torn if the ankle is twisted, turned, or rolled carelessly. Since ankle sprains are one of the most common injuries to befall mankind, if you are experiencing severe ankle pain, this is a likely cause. You should have an evaluation performed by a foot doctor to confirm the diagnosis and prevent future complications associated with improper treatment.

  1. Achilles Tendon Problems

This large tendon spans from the bottom of the heel and up through the calf muscle. Overuse, whether from sports activities or excessive wear and tear, can cause inflammation of the tendon, while a more severe injury can actually cause it to tear or break. Either condition often exhibits as pain in the ankle.

  1. Fractures

Three of the largest bones in your foot meet at the ankle, and if you break one of these it is usually pretty obvious, causing extreme pain and discomfort. A more subtle hairline fracture may only hurt some of the time. Your foot doctor can evaluate these symptoms and confirm a hairline crack with imaging studies.

  1. Arthritis

The joint pain and diseases related to the many types of arthritis frequently affect the ankle.

There are a variety of other conditions that can cause ankle pain and it is important to have an evaluation performed by a professional to determine the actual cause and to recommend the best course of treatment.

The foot specialists at ETL Podiatry in Briarwood and Melville, NY, have unparalleled experience in treating all aspects of foot and ankle problems. Our team of doctors is dedicated to serving you with all of the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Melville, NY (631-549-8637) and Briarwood, NY (929-336-4523).