What’s Causing Your Ankle Pain?

Patients from all over Cuyahoga, Geauga, Summit and Portage Counties regularly limp into Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland with ankle pain of some sort. It’s no surprise to our podiatrists Dr. Megan L. Oltmann and Dr. Craig B. Frey that ankles are injured so much. There’s a lot going on in your ankle, structurally speaking.

Here’s what makes the ankle a complex part of your anatomy. You’ve got three separate bones that meet up to form the ankle

  1. the talus bone at the top of your foot
  2. the bottom of the tibia, and
  3. the end of the fibula.

Five different ligaments are holding that bony intersection together. They provide ankle stability and movement. There are also a number of tendons and muscles that surround the ankle, not to mention a bunch of nerves and blood vessels. Damage to any of these structures can cause ankle pain or numbness.

Common causes of ankle pain

  • The most common cause of ankle pain is a sprain. An ankle sprain means that you’ve stretched one or more of the five ligaments in your ankle too far. Or, it has one or more small tears in it. Finally, the worst kind of sprain is when a ligament has torn completely apart or completely off the bone.
  • A broken bone may cause your ankle pain. Even if you can walk, you could still have a broken ankle. Breaks are also called fractures. A stress fracture is a small crack within a bone. Full breaks are more serious and take longer to heal.
  • Osteoarthritis – a breakdown of the protective cartilage between bones.
  • If your body produces too much uric acid, the surplus can settle in any joint in your body, including the ankle. This is a painful condition called
  • A prior injury that didn’t heal well can cause chronic pain or numbness.

If you’ve been walking around on a bum ankle for weeks, it’s probably time to have it checked out. Get relief by making an appointment with our expert podiatrists. Call our modern office in Solon, Ohio at (440) 903-1041.