Injury to any of the bones, ligaments or tendons in the ankle can cause ankle pain. A very common cause of ankle pain is a sprain, which occurs when the ankle joint is subjected to forceful twisting or bending. This can cause an ankle ligament to stretch or even tear. Ankle sprains can happen during sports or simply when you walk on an uneven surface or make a misstep.

Common causes of ankle pain include:

  1. Achilles tendinitis
  2. Achilles tendon rupture
  3. Avulsion fracture
  4. Bone spurs
  5. Broken ankle/broken foot
  6. Bursitis
  7. Gout
  8. Osteoarthritis
  9. Pseudogout
  10. Reactive arthritis
  11. Rheumatoid arthritis
  12. Septic arthritis
  13. Sprained ankle
  14. Sprains and strains
  15. Stress fractures
  16. Tarsal tunnel syndrome

Causes shown here are commonly associated with this symptom. Work with your doctor or other health care professional for an accurate diagnosis.

Mar. 13, 2013