Ankle Pain

Ankle Conditions

Conditions that Cause Ankle Pain

There are multiple conditions that can lead to ankle pain. To better help you understand your condition, we have detailed explanations of the most common causes of ankle pain listed below.  Click the learn more buttons for additional information on a specific condition including symptoms, treatments and videos.

If you’re not sure which condition is causing your pain. Don’t hesitate to contact us! Whether you need a routine checkup, a simple corrective shoe insert or foot surgery, Houston Foot & Ankle is equipped to handle all your podiatric needs.

Achilles Tendonitis

The body’s strongest tendon, the Achilles tendon is commonly injured during athletic activity. At some point, many athletes become familiar with persistent pain and soreness below the calf, known as Achilles tendonitis.

Ankle Sprains

Ankle sprains occur when ligaments are twisted, torn or stretched by extreme pressure on the ankle bone and joint. Symptoms include persistent pain or tenderness on the outside of the ankle, tightness and swelling, trouble walking on uneven surfaces, stiffness, and the ankle joint giving way without warning.

Arthritic Foot & Ankle Care

With 33 joints and a remarkable daily weight load, it’s no wonder that feet are especially prone to arthritis. Arthritis is a potentially debilitating condition that affects almost 40 million Americans, most of them over age 50. The disease causes inflammation and swelling of the cartilage and lining of the joints, generally accompanied by an increase in the fluid in the joints. —an especially painful situation for the feet and ankles.

Fractures

Twenty-five percent (25%) of bones are located in your feet. This makes them quite susceptible to bone fractures. Certain activities or injuries can cause a fracture, or “break,” in one or more of these bones. Pain, swelling, redness, and even bruising are signs of a possible fracture. Fractures of the foot can be diagnosed by x-rays or other studies.

Peripheral Arterial Disease/Peripheral Vascular Disease

Sometimes called a “silent killer,” peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a narrowing of the arteries of the legs and feet, and it warns of serious cardiovascular problems. Sufferers often report no symptoms, or their symptoms are so mild that they do not seek medical treatment. Symptoms may include pain in the leg when walking, but not at rest, ulcers or sores on legs or feet, cold or blue-tinted skin, and slower nail or hair growth in the affected limb.

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