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Various Reasons for Ankle Pain

Tuesday, 13 June 2023 00:00

The common symptoms that are generally associated with ankle pain include stiffness, pain, and swelling. There is no mistaking an ankle injury and it can temporarily halt everyday activities. Ankle pain can occur from unexpectedly stepping off of a curb or in people who run frequently. Running can cause consistent pressure on the ankle bones and joints. The ankle may gradually weaken and pain may ensue. Many times an X-ray is taken which can rule out a broken ankle. It is beneficial to elevate the ankle, preferably above the heart, to help reduce swelling. Once the ankle begins to heal, specific stretches can be done to strengthen the ankle. If you have ankle pain, it is strongly suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can determine the cause and offer the treatment methods that are right for you.

Ankle pain can have many different causes and the pain may potentially be serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with one of our podiatrists from Michigan Foot and Ankle. Our doctors 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
  • 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 one of our offices located in Ferndale, and Milford, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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