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Common Symptoms of Ankle Pain

Tuesday, 26 March 2024 00:00

Ankle pain, a prevalent complaint among individuals of all ages and activity levels, manifests through various symptoms that can impede mobility and diminish quality of life. Among the most common indicators of ankle discomfort are localized tenderness, swelling, and stiffness around the affected joint. Individuals may experience difficulty bearing weight on the affected ankle, leading to instability and a sensation of weakness. Pain during movement, particularly when walking, running, or climbing stairs, is another prevalent symptom that often prompts individuals to seek medical attention. In some cases, ankle pain may radiate to adjacent areas such as the foot or lower leg, increasing discomfort and limiting functionality. Additionally, bruising and redness may accompany ankle pain, indicating potential injury or inflammation. Recognizing these symptoms early and addressing them promptly through appropriate interventions, such as rest, compression, and elevation can help alleviate discomfort and prevent further complications. If you have ankle pain, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can determine what the cause is, and offer you treatment and relief options.

Ankle pain can be caused by a number of problems and may be potentially serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with Dr. Scott Shrem  from Garden State Foot & Ankle Center. 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 Hazlet, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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