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

Common causes

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.


Self Treatment

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


See a doctor immediately if you

  • Have an obvious injury
  • Experience severe pain or swelling
  • Develop fever, redness, or warmth
  • Can't bear weight on your ankle

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