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The Importance of Determining the Root Cause of Ankle Pain

Ankle pain is a complex issue that requires accurate diagnosis for effective treatment. Ankle pain can have various causes, including degenerative arthritis, which can be linked to past injuries like ankle sprains or fractures. Common misconceptions arise when patients are diagnosed solely based on X-ray evidence of degeneration. The pain could be due to other issues such as subtalar joint dysfunction, sinus tarsi syndrome, or peroneal tendinopathy. Nonsurgical treatments for ankle arthritis can consist of orthotic devices and dietary supplements. These treatments aim to relieve pain, improve joint health, and potentially delay the progression of arthritis. If you have recurrent ankle pain, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for a comprehensive evaluation to determine the root cause accurately.

Ankle pain can be caused by a number of problems and may be potentially serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with Charles Oehrlein, DPM from Hoover Foot Care. Our practitioner 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 Hoover, AL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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