Why Does My Ankle Hurt?


Experiencing ankle pain such as from a sprain is a very common condition that has a variety of possible causes. Since it can be difficult to accurately trace the source of the pain, any ankle pain that doesn’t begin to subside after the first day of rest, icing, and elevation should be evaluated by your foot doctor.

Some common causes of ankle pain include the following:

  • Ankle sprains and strains—The many ligaments and tendons that hold your ankle joint together can become overly stretched, torn, and even broken when the ankle is twisted or rolled over with excessive force. Severe ankle sprains need to be treated promptly and correctly in order to prevent future problems like chronic ankle instability and balance issues.

  • Achilles tendon injuries—Achilles tendonitis often affects this large tendon that connects your heel to the muscles in your calf.  High-pressure pursuits like long-distance running and athletic endeavors can cause this tendon to overstretch or even break, with radiating pain in the ankle often evident.

  • Arthritis—Arthritis frequently affects the ankle joint and can make it stiff, painful and difficult to move. Excess uric acid in the blood can cause gouty arthritis in the ankle which occurs when painful crystals form in the joints of the extremities. Eating a diet low in purines will help prevent uric acid buildup.

If you are experiencing pain and discomfort in your ankles, see your foot doctor for the proper diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Scott Nelson of Foot and Ankle Medical Clinic in Garland, TX, is a board-certified and highly experienced podiatrist who has helped people suffering from all types of foot and ankle injuries and deformities. From bunions to diabetic foot problems, sports injuries and fungal nails, you can trust that Dr. Nelson and his staff are wholeheartedly devoted to your foot health. Please contact our office with any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment by calling 972-414-9800.