Why does my ankle hurt?

Ankle pain can be bothersome and uncomfortable. The pain may be caused by a recent injury to the ankle bone, tendons, or ligaments, or it could be a result of arthritis or gout. Ankle pain can also be the result of Achilles tendinitis, a painful injury typically caused by running or overuse.

If your ankle pain is chronic or worsens over time, it’s important to seek medical advice from a podiatrist. The team at Arizona Foot Doctors will conduct a gentle evaluation to diagnose and develop a treatment plan specific to your lifestyle. For next steps related to the injury of the Achilles tendinitis, read our guide.

What is Achilles tendinitis?

Ankle tendon pain, or Achilles tendinitis, is a common ankle injury where the Achilles tendon is overused. Symptoms include mild pain in the back of the leg or above the heel after running. Tenderness or stiffness in the morning may also occur, with improvement after mild activity. Here are some factors that may increase the risk of Achilles tendinitis:

  • Gender. Achilles tendinitis occurs more commonly in men.
  • Age. Achilles tendinitis is seen more frequently in older age.
  • Physical. Flat or exaggerated arches in your foot or obesity can put more strain on the tendon.
  • Running. Tendon pain can occur if you’re using worn-out shoes, experiencing colder weather, or running on hilly terrain.
  • Medical conditions. High blood pressure and psoriasis put individuals at a higher risk of experiencing Achilles tendinitis.
  • Medications. Some medications, such as antibiotics called fluoroquinolones, have been associated with a higher risk of Achilles tendinitis.

Treatment for tendinitis or ankle pain

To treat ankle tendon pain at home, you can use the RICE method (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation). The RICE method should alleviate some pain. You can also try stretching exercises to loosen the calf muscles and tendons in your ankle.

If you’re experiencing moderate to severe pain, you might want to purchase a form of support, such as a cast or brace. Only in severe cases, such as when the tendon has torn, would you need surgery. However, if you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms, it’s best to see a podiatrist:

  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Tinglisng
  • Burning
  • Difficulty walking or participating in day-to-day activities

Schedule an appointment with Arizona Foot Doctors

Arizona Foot Doctors has been serving patients in Scottsdale, Arizona for over 40 years. Our podiatry team takes a conservative approach to ankle tendon pain problems. If you or your child is experiencing ankle pain or tendinitis, call our office at (480) 661-7572 or schedule an appointment online today. The team is ready to help you and your family find the best treatment options and get everyone comfortable on their feet.