Reasons For Ankle Pain

Deciphering between an ankle sprain and a strain is sometimes difficult, as both injuries share common symptoms but necessitate distinct treatment approaches. An ankle sprain occurs when ligaments, resilient bands of tissue that connect bones, endure excessive stretching or tearing. Strains are the result of damage to the muscles or tendons that surround the ankle joint. Fractures typically induce excruciating pain, rendering weight-bearing nearly impossible, while sprains often permit limited mobility despite discomfort. Furthermore, the site of discomfort varies. Fractures elicit localized pain and potential deformity, while sprains cause more diffuse discomfort. Swelling and unusual sensations such as numbness or tingling are more prevalent in fractures, indicating the urgency of proper diagnosis. Consulting a podiatrist for thorough assessment via imaging techniques like X-rays or bone scans is paramount to formulate tailored treatment strategies promptly. Whether you have an ankle sprain, strain, or fracture, timely intervention is critical to avoid long-term complications. In case of any type of ankle injury, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a diagnosis and treatment options.

Ankle pain can be caused by a number of problems and may be potentially serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with one of our podiatrists from The Foot and Ankle Associates of North Carolina, PLLC. 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
  • 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 our offices located in Ahoskie, Durham, Raleigh, and Rocky Mount, NC. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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