Ankle Pain in Runners

Running can be a fairly strenuous exercise when it comes to the ankles. As you run, you place pressure and weight on the ankles thousands of times per mile. Eventually, this can result in an injury and ankle pain. The four main causes of ankle pain among runners are sprains, strains, tendinitis, and stress fractures. These conditions can all produce similar symptoms, such as swelling, tenderness, bruising, and difficulty placing weight on or moving the ankle. Although the symptoms may be similar, treatment varies based on the diagnosis and severity of the injuries. Because of this, it is important to seek the care of a professional to diagnose and treat the problem. A podiatrist can help you get back on your feet and back to doing what you love by completing a thorough physical examination of your ankles and prescribing the right treatment for you. If you are experiencing ankle pain, please make an appointment with a podiatrist near you.

Ankle pain can be caused by a number of problems and may be potentially serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with Dr. Kennedy Legel from Advanced Foot & Ankle Care Specialists. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Ankle pain is any condition that causes pain in the ankle. Due to the fact that the ankle consists of tendons, muscles, bones, and ligaments, ankle pain can come from a number of different conditions.


The most common causes of ankle pain include:

  • Types of arthritis (rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, and gout)
  • Ankle sprains
  • Broken ankles
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Stress fractures
  • Bursitis
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis


Symptoms of ankle injury vary based upon the condition. Pain may include general pain and discomfort, swelling, aching, redness, bruising, burning or stabbing sensations, and/or loss of sensation.


Due to the wide variety of potential causes of ankle pain, podiatrists will utilize a number of different methods to properly diagnose ankle pain. This can include asking for personal and family medical histories and of any recent injuries. Further diagnosis may include sensation tests, a physical examination, and potentially x-rays or other imaging tests.


Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are rest, ice packs, keeping pressure off the foot, orthotics and braces, medication for inflammation and pain, and surgery.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Dallas, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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