Why Does My Ankle Hurt?


Due to all the stress that your feet go through on a daily basis, they are susceptible to injury more than other parts of your body. In fact, ankle injuries are one of the problems treated by foot doctors more often than any other injury.

Ankle pain has a wide variety of possible causes, which can make it difficult to pinpoint the exact source of the pain. If you are experiencing ankle pain that doesn’t decrease after a couple of days, see your foot doctor for the proper diagnosis and treatment.

2 common causes of ankle pain include the following:

1)    Sprains—The ligaments and tendons that hold your ankle joint together are susceptible to injury from stress and overuse. Just rolling your foot over slightly by tripping on a step or curb can stretch these components causing considerable pain and discomfort even when the injury is relatively minor. Always seek help from your podiatrist for the proper treatment of severe ankle sprains to ensure proper healing and avoid future complications. A poorly treated ankle sprain is more likely to be reinjured. High-powered laser therapy is an excellent treatment for ankle pain.

2)    Arthritis—There are several types of arthritis that can cause stiffness, pain, and swelling in the ankle joints. Arthritis is frequently caused by the wear and tear on your joints as you age. The ankle joint is also subject to developing gouty arthritis that is caused by eating a diet that increases uric acid concentrations in the blood.

If you are experiencing ankle pain, we highly recommend that you consult our board-certified podiatrists Andrew Shapiro, DPM and Michael Barkin, DPM. With access to advanced technologies, along with years of experience to help diagnose and treat a variety of foot and ankle problems, we can assist you with heel pain, ankle sprains, diabetic foot care, toe deformities, nail fungus, and skin problems, among many other conditions. Our practice is conveniently located on West Merrick Road in Valley Stream to accommodate all of your foot care needs. Call (516) 825-3860 or book an appointment online today!