Mount Sinai Hospital

Ankle Pain

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Alternative Names

Pain - ankle

Definition

Ankle pain involves any discomfort in one or both ankles.

Causes

  • Ankle pain is often due to an ankle sprain.
  • An ankle sprain is an injury to the ligaments, wich connect bones to one another.
  • In most cases, the ankle is twisted inward, causing small tears in the ligaments.
  • The tearing leads to swelling and bruising, making it difficult to bear weight on the joint.

In addition to ankle sprains, ankle pain can be caused by

Problems in areas near the ankle that can cause you to feel pain in the ankle include:

  • Blockage of blood vessels in the leg.
  • Heel pain or injuries
  • Nerve injuries (such as tarsal tunnel syndrome or sciatica)

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