Ankle pain is most commonly associated with trauma and sports-related injuries, such as a fracture, or an injury to the ligaments of the ankle, such as a sprain.

However, agitation and discomfort may also occur due to overuse injuries, which can range from mild joint pain to Achilles tendonitis (medically referred to as tendinitis).

If you think you may be suffering from an ankle injury or condition and are experiencing any of the symptoms listed below, it may be time to visit a foot and ankle specialist.

  • Sudden intense pain
  • Pain when you’re NOT bearing weight
  • Pain that persists for more than two weeks
  • Swelling that persists or worsens after 2-3 days
  • Limited range of motion due to stiffness, weakness, or swelling
  • You should also seek treatment with an ankle specialist if you begin to feel feverish or if the area reddens, becomes warmer, and feels even more sensitive, as these are signs of an infection.


  • Trauma (All fractures and dislocations of the ankle)
  • Ankle sprains and instability
  • Arthritis of the ankle
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome and other nerve disorders
  • Tendonitis (Including but not limited to Achilles, Peroneal, and Posterior Tibial)
  • Tendon Ruptures
  • Cartilage defects such as osteochondral lesions (osteochondritis dissecans)
  • Sports injuries
  • Bone spurs
  • Equinus (tight heel cord and calf muscles)
  • Ligament injuries of the ankle
  • Charcot neuroarthropathy
  • Soft tissue masses