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Common Causes of Ankle Pain

Women can be affected by ankle pain more than men. Typically, the soft tissues are damaged in the foot and ankle often resulting in pain and discomfort. Some of the conditions linked to ankle pain can include Achilles tendonitis, an ankle sprain, or plantar fasciitis. Achilles tendonitis can cause pain in the back of the ankle as a result of overuse. An ankle can be sprained if it stretches beyond its normal range of motion. This can occur from stepping off of a curb and landing incorrectly. Plantar fasciitis occurs when the plantar fascia, which is located on the bottom of the foot, becomes inflamed. This may cause tenderness in the ankle. Relief from ankle pain may be found by practicing specific exercises designed to strengthen the ankles. Additionally, wearing shoes that fit correctly and elevating the feet frequently may help to reduce existing pain and swelling. If you have ankle pain for any reason, please contact a podiatrist who can pinpoint the exact cause and offer correct treatment techniques.

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 Cascade Foot Clinic. 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 Bend and Redmond, OR . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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