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Ankle pain can happen suddenly or slowly over time. It could be from an obvious injury like a sprain, or vary from medical conditions such as osteoarthritis or gout.

Common causes of Ankle Pain:

Sprains Strains &Fractures;

These are the most commonly reported causes of ankle pain. Any of these can happen if one suddenly changes his or her position when moving. Accidents can likewise be a culprit. Falling or colliding with another individual or objects can injure your ankle. Athletes are more prone to this cause.


Rupture of the Achilles Tendon;

Acute pain in the achilles tendon due to stressful often explosive activities. There is also an inability to move the toes and point the ankle and walk.

Ankle Arthritis;

Any joint in the body is susceptible to arthritis. The ankle joint is no different. In fact, almost 50% of people in their 60's and 70's have arthritis-related foot pain. Almost 90% of people who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis will experience pain in the foot or ankles.

There are two major types of arthritis:


Typically affects older people. Onset is gradual, with progressively worsening pain. Your ankle may feel stiff, especially after long periods of inactivity.

Rheumatoid Arthritis;

On the other hand, is characterised by swollen and red joints. Your joints may become deformed or have outgrowths.​



Tendon irritation is characterised by pain and thickening along the tendons around the ankle. This can occur specifically when patients fail to properly care for an injury or sprain, symptoms of tendon damage include, ankle pain that lasts far longer than would be expected, or doesn’t respond to treatment, Swelling and tenderness along the outside of the ankle, known as chronic lateral ankle pain and Pain that travels down the ankle into the foot.



Many people experience gout in the joint of the big toe, but some may suffer from it in the ankle joint. Symptoms of this condition are fairly obvious–sudden and severe pain, redness, and swelling in the joint. If you suffer from gout, there are a few treatments that can help, including diet modifications and medications.


Tarsal tunnel syndrome;

Occur when there’s nerve compression in the ankle, this can be caused from an earlier injury. It can also be caused by certain diseases–like arthritis or diabetes–and the natural shape of the foot. Symptoms of this condition include; Burning pain in the sole of your foot, Pain that worsens during exercise or even when standing, Tingling or numbness near the bottom of your foot, Pain at night, Pins-and-needles sensations and decreased sensitivity.

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