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Ankle pain, a prevalent discomfort that can hinder mobility, stems from various underlying factors. One frequent culprit is sprained ligaments, often resulting from sudden twists or awkward movements that strain the ankle beyond its normal range. Tendonitis, inflammation of the tendons surrounding the ankle joint, also can cause persistent pain, especially with movement. Arthritis, a condition marked by joint inflammation, can affect the ankle, resulting in discomfort and stiffness. Fractures, often the result of impact or trauma, can cause sharp and localized pain. Additionally, overuse injuries, stemming from repetitive stress on the ankle, may lead to chronic discomfort. Certain conditions, such as gout or infections, can contribute to ankle pain. Understanding these diverse causes is pivotal for effective intervention and management. If you are experiencing ankle pain, it is strongly suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can determine what the cause is, and offer appropriate relief and treatment remedies.

Ankle pain can be caused by a number of problems and may be potentially serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with Anthony Ricciardi Jr., DPM from Foot & Ankle Specialists of Nevada. 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 Las Vegas, Nevada . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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