Physical discomfort in the ankle area, often including the joint or the tendon that connects the lower leg to the heel (Achilles tendon).
Ankle pain can have causes that aren't due to underlying disease. Examples include poorly fitting footwear such as ski boots and high heels, sprains, strains, overuse, lack of use, or trauma.
Resting and elevating the ankle when possible may help ease discomfort. Applying an ice pack up to 20 minutes, 3 times a day, wrapping a compression bandage around the ankle, and taking an over-the-counter pain medication such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen or naproxen may also help.
Make an appointment to see a doctor if you
Have swelling that doesn't improve within five days
Feel pain that persists for a few weeks
Find it difficult to work, walk, or complete daily tasks