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Reasons Your Ankle May Hurt

Ankle pain can stem from various sources, including minor injuries like strains and sprains. More severe conditions, such as an Achilles tendon rupture, a fracture, and muscle or ligament damage, also result in ankle pain. Symptoms range from sharp, acute pain to persistent discomfort and swelling around the ankle. The inability to put weight on the foot is another indication of an ankle injury. While some injuries may improve with home care, persistent or severe pain requires professional evaluation. Podiatrists specialize in diagnosing and treating ankle conditions and offer personalized treatment plans tailored to your specific needs. Addressing the underlying cause of your pain is essential for effective management and restoring the optimal function of your ankle. If you're experiencing ankle pain that is affecting your daily activities, it's suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for a comprehensive assessment. 

Ankle pain can be caused by a number of problems and may be potentially serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with James Pak, DPM from California. 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 our office located in Anaheim, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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