Tuesday, 31 October 2023

Understanding the Ache in Your Ankles

Anterior ankle impingement, although not as widely recognized as some other foot and ankle conditions, is a common ailment that can cause discomfort and limit mobility. This condition primarily affects the front part of the ankle joint, where the bones come into contact and create friction during certain movements. It is characterized by ankle pain, tenderness, and swelling in the anterior, or front, of the ankle. While the exact cause can vary, it often stems from repetitive activities that involve excessive dorsiflexion, which is bending the ankle upwards. These activities, common in sports such as ballet or soccer, can lead to the gradual development of bony growths or bone spurs, which cause the impingement. Trauma or injuries to the ankle can also be a contributing factor. Understanding anterior ankle impingement is important for those experiencing persistent pain in the front of their ankles. Early recognition and proper care can help alleviate discomfort and prevent the condition from worsening. By comprehending this condition and seeking appropriate treatment, individuals can regain their comfort and mobility, allowing them to return to their daily activities without the constant ache in their ankles. If you have ankle pain, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can properly diagnose and treat anterior ankle impingement.

Ankle pain can be caused by a number of problems and may be potentially serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with Dr. Christine Quinn from New Jersey. 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 Basking Ridge, NJ, near Warren, Stirling, and Bedminster . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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