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Tuesday, 20 February 2024 00:00

Understanding the Discomfort Behind Ankle Pain

Ankle pain can stem from various underlying factors, impacting mobility and daily activities. The ankle joint, comprising bones, ligaments, tendons, and muscles, facilitates essential movements like walking, running, and jumping. When this complex structure experiences stress, injury, or inflammation, it can result in discomfort and restricted movement. Common causes of ankle pain include sprains, caused by sudden twists or impacts that overstress the ligaments, and strains, which involve the stretching or tearing of muscles or tendons surrounding the ankle joint. Additionally, conditions such as arthritis, tendonitis, and fractures can contribute to persistent ankle pain, necessitating medical attention and intervention. Poor footwear choices, overuse during physical activities, and underlying health conditions can also make ankle discomfort worse. If you have ankle pain, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can determine what the cause is and offer appropriate treatment methods.

Ankle pain can be caused by a number of problems and may be potentially serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with Richard DiBacco, DPM from Podiatry Associates of Erie, Inc.. 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 Erie and Meadville, PA, . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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