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Why Does My Ankle Hurt?

Tuesday, 30 January 2024 00:00

Ankle pain can arise from diverse origins, often requiring an understanding for effective management. Sprains, the most prevalent cause, occur when ligaments are stretched beyond their limits, resulting in pain and swelling. Arthritis, encompassing various forms, can inflame the ankle joints, causing persistent pain and stiffness. Fractures, stemming from injuries or trauma, manifest as sharp pain and limited mobility. Tendonitis, the inflammation of tendons surrounding the ankle, contributes to discomfort during movement. Overuse or repetitive stress on the ankle, particularly in activities such as running, may lead to conditions including Achilles tendonitis. Inflammatory conditions like gout or rheumatoid arthritis can affect the ankle joints, intensifying pain. Addressing ankle pain necessitates a thorough assessment of the underlying cause. A proper diagnosis may consist of having X-rays or other imaging tests taken, which can rule out a broken ankle. If you have ankle pain, it is strongly suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can offer you the treatment method that is right for you. 

Ankle pain can be caused by a number of problems and may be potentially serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with Milos Tomich, DPM from Dr. Tomich Foot & Ankle Health Center. Our doctor 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
  • Bursitis
  • 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 Milwaukee and Wauwatosa, WI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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