Ankle pain results from overuse, trauma, or disease in the joints, ligaments (connect bones together), or tendons (connect muscle to the bones). Symptoms of an ankle injury or disease can be mild or severe, and include pain in the joint, foot, or lower shin. Joint tenderness, swelling, stiffness, and ankle instability are also symptoms.
Some conditions that cause ankle pain include:
- Ankle fractures or ankle dislocation: bones are broken or moved out of place
- Ankle bursitis: painful inflammation
- Cartilage injuries: damage to the tissue that covers the surface of the bone
- Infection: can occur in the ankle bone or joints
- Nerve compression, damage, or ankle impingement: compression of the bony or soft tissue structures of the ankle during certain activities, such as pointing the toes
- Osteoarthritis: degenerative “wear and tear” on the ankle joint
- Rheumatoid arthritis: a chronic (ongoing) inflammatory joint disorder
- Sprained ankle: due to torn ligaments
- Tendonitis: inflammation due to strained or ruptured tendons
Why Choose UHealth?
Orthopaedic trauma care you can count on. The trauma team manages orthopedic trauma services at the UHealth Tower, Jackson Memorial Hospital, and Jackson South Community Hospital. Our team is made up of six surgeons who each have a subspecialty focus in orthopedic trauma. We treat everything from simple fractures that need a brace or cast to complex injuries that are best handled at a Level 1 or Level 2 trauma center.