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Conditions Causing Ankle Pain

The ankle is one of the most important parts of the lower legs, forming the intersection point with the feet. The ankle enables the foot to move in different directions and serves important mobility functions for walking, running, and jumping. Sometimes, the ankle may cause pain when an individual is walking. There are several different possible explanations for this phenomenon. Namely, there are many different foot conditions and afflictions that might be contributing to or causing your ankle pain. Gout is the first potential culprit. Gout is essentially a kind of arthritis that accumulates in the joints and causes pain. This can be particularly pesky in the ankles. Additionally, ankle pain might result from peripheral neuropathy. This condition is associated with some kind of nerve damage, which can ultimately cause pain in the ankles when walking. Regardless of the cause of ankle pain when walking, the pain can be annoying and severe depending on the case and patient. Contact a podiatrist today if you are experiencing ankle pain. 

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 from New England Foot and Ankle. 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 Chelmsford and Newburyport, MA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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