Common Types of Ankle Pain

Research has indicated the importance of obtaining a correct diagnosis for existing ankle pain. This may be helpful in eliminating a good portion of the discomfort and is generally beneficial in choosing the correct method of treatment. An ankle sprain is considered to be the most common form of ankle pain, and often occurs when the ankle is rolled inward or outward. A fracture typically causes severe pain and discomfort, as well as difficulty walking. If the ankle becomes inflamed as a result of overuse or a sudden injury, this can be referred to as ankle tendonitis. Ankle arthritis can occur as a gradual deterioration of the ankle joint and can possibly be managed when this condition is treated correctly. If you are experiencing any type of ankle pain, it is strongly suggested that you speak to a podiatrist who can help you with the correct treatment options for your case.

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 of 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
  • 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 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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