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Sudden Ankle Pain Without Injury

Sudden onset ankle pain without any apparent injury can be perplexing and concerning for many individuals. While it may seem mysterious, there are several potential causes behind this discomfort. One common reason can be overuse or strain, particularly from activities like running or jumping. Excessive stress on the ankle joint can lead to inflammation and pain. Additionally, conditions like both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis can flare up suddenly, causing discomfort in the ankle joint. In some cases, sudden ankle pain may be linked to an underlying medical condition, such as gout or tendonitis. Improper footwear or sudden changes in physical activity levels can also contribute to ankle pain. It is essential to pay attention to any accompanying symptoms and seek medical evaluation from a podiatrist to determine the root cause of the pain. If you have sudden ankle pain, it is suggested that you contact this type of doctor who can offer you relief and treatment options.

Ankle pain can have many different causes and the pain may potentially be serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with Dr. Steven Sheridan from Ankle & Foot Specialty Clinics. 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
  • 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 Sandusky, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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