Possible Reasons for Ankle Pain

Ankle pain can have many different causes and the pain may potentially be serious.

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The ankle is a complex joint. It is made up of bones, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. It is connected to two bones in the lower leg called the tibia and fibula at the ankle joint or talus. The tibia is the shinbone, and the fibula is the lower leg bone. Ligaments and tendons connect the talus to the heel and other foot bones. There are also blood vessels, nerves, and other tissues in the ankle area, which can be impacted by different diseases. Ankle pain is a symptom often felt by active people and athletes. However, all people may experience ankle pain. Reasons for such pain vary. It is important to understand its root cause to be treated properly. Ankle pain is unlikely to be a result of a bone fracture. Such pain can be associated with edema or leg swelling, nerve-related issues, arthritis, or a sprain, strain, or tendonitis. If you are suffering from ankle pain that does not resolve itself with rest or worsens, it is suggested that you see a podiatrist for a proper evaluation and treatment plan.

Ankle pain can have many different causes and the pain may potentially be serious. If you have ankle pain, contact one of our podiatrists of Integrative Foot & Ankle Centers of Washington. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

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.

Causes of Ankle Pain

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.

What to do next?

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Kirkland, Everett, and Renton, WA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.