Anyone who has experienced issues with their ankles understands how uncomfortable each step can be. Below, Podiatry Center of New Jersey explores common causes of ankle pain so patients can better understand what may be causing their issues and find relief.

Here are 8 Common Causes of Ankle Pain:

  1. Sprains: Ankle sprains are one of the most prevalent causes of ankle pain. They occur when the ligaments supporting the ankle joint are stretched or torn from sudden twisting or rolling movements.
  2. Fractures: Ankle fractures can result from traumatic injuries, such as falls or collisions, causing one or more bones in the ankle joint to break. Fractures can vary in severity, from hairline cracks to complete breaks, and typically cause significant pain, swelling, and bruising.
  3. Tendonitis: Tendonitis involves inflammation of the tendons surrounding the ankle joint, commonly affecting the Achilles tendon or the peroneal tendons on the outer side of the ankle. Overuse, repetitive movements, or sudden increases in activity levels can contribute to tendonitis.
  4. Arthritis: Arthritis can affect the ankle joint, causing pain, stiffness, and swelling. Osteoarthritis develops due to wear and tear of the joint cartilage over time, while rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune condition characterized by inflammation of the joint lining.
  5. Tendon Tears: Partial or complete tears of the tendons around the ankle, such as the Achilles tendon or the peroneal tendons, can result from sudden trauma or degenerative changes.
  6. Bursitis: Bursitis involves inflammation of the bursae, small fluid-filled sacs that cushion the joints. Overuse, repetitive motions, or direct trauma can irritate the bursae, leading to pain, swelling, and limited range of motion.
  7. Instability: Chronic ankle instability, often resulting from repeated ankle sprains or ligament damage, can cause ongoing pain, weakness, and a sensation of the ankle giving way.
  8. Nerve Compression: Compression or irritation of nerves around the ankle can cause neuropathic pain, tingling, numbness, or weakness in the ankle and foot. Conditions like tarsal tunnel syndrome or nerve entrapment injuries may be responsible for nerve compression.

It’s essential to consult a podiatrist for an accurate diagnosis of ankle pain, as treatment may vary depending on the root cause. For all your foot health and wellness needs, the expert team at Podiatry Center of New Jersey is always here to advise on a variety of topics, from footwear to foot conditions and everything in between. Give us a call at (973) 925-4111 or make an appointment online.