Why Does My Ankle Hurt?

Is ankle pain slowing you down? You’re not alone.

There are several possible reasons for your pain and reduced mobility. The most common reason is an injury to the ankle or hindfoot, such as a fracture. Other people experience pain but don’t remember a significant injury. In such cases, muscles or bones may be out of alignment, causing the ankle or hindfoot to compensate. For example, a hip or knee injury could cause your body to function in a way that injures your ankle or hindfoot.

Your physician will ask about your activities, pain, and mobility. It helps to keep a pain journal and refer to it during your doctor’s visit. If you choose a new physician, request to transfer any health records from other doctors you have seen. Your physician may order a computerized tomography scan (CT) of your leg, ankle and foot. All of this information helps your physician make an accurate diagnosis. These questions can help you talk to your physician.

Once your physician makes a diagnosis, you can expect a treatment plan. Most physicians strive to avoid surgery, if possible. The first step in your treatment plan may be steroids and anti-inflammatories, joint fluid supplements, bracing, or physical therapy. If these treatments fail to relieve pain and restore mobility, your physician may recommend fusion surgery. That’s when you might ask the question, “What is fusion surgery?”

With so many joints and bones in the foot, it’s essential to see a physician for an accurate diagnosis. Our site has information to help you find a physician and prepare you for your consultation.