Ankle pain can severely impair your ability to move around, play sports, and enjoy life. Podiatrists Jacob Reinkraut, DPM, FACFAS, Michelle Suh, ABPM; and Danny Gomez, DPM, FACFAS, at Complete Foot & Ankle in Ridgewood and Newark, New Jersey can diagnose and treat the underlying issue causing your pain. If ankle pain interferes with your life, call Complete Foot & Ankle or book an appointment online today.

Ankle Pain Q & A

What causes ankle pain?

There are over a dozen common diseases and injuries that may be responsible for your ankle pain. Ankle sprains are one of the most prevalent causes, comprising 85% of ankle injuries.

Other common traumatic and overuse injuries that cause ankle pain include:

  • Stress fracture
  • Broken foot
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Torn Achilles tendon
  • Bursitis
  • Plantar fasciitis

Diseases that may cause ankle pain without injury include:

  • Arthritis
  • Gout
  • Lupus

What are the symptoms of arthritis in your ankle?

Arthritis is a common disease that causes crippling pain and inflammation in the affected joints. Osteoarthritis, the most common form of this disease, causes the cartilage at the ends of your bones to break down. Arthritis creates ankle pain by making your bones grind together when you move.

Arthritis may be causing your ankle pain if you experience any of these signs or symptoms:

  • Joint pain that gets progressively worse
  • Swelling and inflammation
  • Stiffness and difficulty moving your ankle

Gout is another of over 100 forms of arthritis that can affect your joints, causing ankle pain. Gout most frequently affects the joint in your big toe, but it can happen to any joint in your body, including the ankles.

Sudden, intense attacks of pain, swelling, and tenderness in your ankle may be a warning sign of gout. These abrupt attacks often occur at night. Other common symptoms of ankle gout include:

  • Extreme pain in your ankle joint that’s most severe in the first 4-12 hours
  • Warmth, redness, and swelling in your ankle
  • Decreased range of motion in your ankle and foot
  • Lingering pain in your ankle after the attack subsides

How does a podiatrist treat ankle pain?

First, the Doctors perform a physical exam and asks about your medical history to determine the cause of your ankle pain.

If your ankle started hurting after a traumatic injury, the cause of your pain might be more evident than if it started creeping up on you or happened overnight.

If they can’t diagnose your ankle pain with a regular exam, the doctors may order an X-ray or other tests. Once they’ve confirmed a diagnosis, they’ll recommend treatment based on the cause of your pain and the severity of your condition.

If ankle pain limits your mobility, keeps you off the field, or causes other grief, call Complete Foot & Ankle or book an appointment online today.