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Possible Causes of Sudden Ankle Pain

Sudden ankle pain can stem from various health conditions or injuries. Arthritis, including osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, may cause inflammation and pain in the ankle joint. Lupus, an autoimmune disease, can also lead to joint pain, including in the ankles. Gout, characterized by sudden and severe pain due to uric acid buildup, may affect the ankle joint. Bursitis, an inflammation of the fluid-filled sacs around joints, can cause ankle pain and swelling. Fallen arches may result in strain and discomfort in the ankle area. Achilles tendonitis, an inflammation of the Achilles tendon, can cause pain at the back of the ankle. Infections, such as cellulitis or osteomyelitis, can lead to sudden onset ankle pain and swelling if the ankle is affected. Diagnosing ankle pain typically involves a physical examination, imaging tests like X-rays or MRI scans, blood tests, and sometimes joint aspiration to determine the underlying cause accurately. If you experience sudden ankle pain, it is strongly suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for care.

Ankle pain can have many different causes and the pain may potentially be serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with Edward Fryman, DPM, FACFAOM from Seaford Foot Care Center. 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
  • 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 Seaford, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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