Why Is My Ankle So Painful?


Podiatrists often see patients for ankle injuries more often than for any other injury. Even though your feet and ankles are built to take a beating on a daily basis, the bones, tendons, and tissues are not indestructible and are prone to a variety of injuries and conditions.

Ankle pain has a multitude of possible causes and it can be hard to define the precise problem. For any ankle pain and discomfort that continues for more than several days, consult with Dr. Bruce G. Blank at Achilles Foot and Ankle Surgery, PC.

Some common causes of ankle pain include:

  • Ankle strains and sprainsYour ankle joint is held together by ligaments and tendons that are susceptible to injury from stress and overuse. If you roll your foot awkwardly by tripping on a step or curb, for example, the twisting motion can cause the ligaments to stretch too far and possibly even to break. A minor ankle sprain can be treated with proper home care, but for severe injuries, proper treatment and rehabilitation with the help of your foot doctor are essential to avoiding future ankle injuries and complications.
  • Achilles tendon injuryThe Achilles tendon is the large one that connects your heel bone to the muscles in your calf. An injury to this tendon frequently occurs in athletes, but can also occur when someone starts vigorously exercising too rapidly without proper conditioning. A tear or break in the Achilles tendon can cause radiating pain in the ankle.
  • Arthritic conditions—A variety of arthritic conditions can cause stiffness, pain, and swelling in the joints. The feet and ankles are frequently one of the first places in the body that are affected.

If you are experiencing ankle pain, it is time to see your podiatrist. Call Achilles Foot and Ankle Surgery, PC located in Martins Ferry, Ohio and St. Clairsville, Ohio, as well as Wheeling West Virginia. With access to advanced technologies, Dr. Bruce G. Blank and his staff can help you manage all of your foot and ankle conditions. Call 740-633-4188 or make an appointment online today.