Uncovering Reasons for Sudden Ankle Pain

Experiencing sudden ankle pain without an apparent injury can be perplexing and concerning. Several non-traumatic factors can trigger this discomfort. Overuse and strain due to prolonged standing, excessive walking, or sudden increase in physical activity can strain the ankle ligaments and muscles, resulting in pain. Arthritis, particularly osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, can cause sudden and sharp pain due to inflammation and deterioration of the ankle joint. Wearing improper footwear or high heels for an extended period can strain the ankle and lead to acute pain. Flat feet or overpronation can also cause unexpected pain as it alters the alignment and functioning of the foot, impacting the ankles. Circulatory issues such as blood clots or vascular diseases can manifest as sharp, sudden ankle pain, warranting immediate medical attention. If you are experiencing ankle pain, it is strongly suggested that you schedule an appointment with a chiropodist who can provide you with treatment options.

Ankle pain is a common symptom of many lower limb problems. If you are experiencing ankle pain, please consult with one of the specialists from Thornhill Foot Clinic. Our chiropodists will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment. 

The ankle is composed of a number of muscles, bones, tendons, and ligaments. There are many conditions which may cause ankle pain. 


  • Ankle strains or sprains

  • Achilles tendon injuries

  • Fractures

  • Bursitis

  • Arthritis

  • Gout

  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome


If you have ankle pain, you may also experience a variety of other symptoms depending on the underlying cause of the pain. Some of these symptoms may include ankle swelling, bruising, redness, numbness or tingling, instability, and difficulty walking.


The underlying cause of ankle pain can be diagnosed by a chiropodist. Diagnoses are typically made based on your medical history, a physical examination of the affected ankle, and imaging studies such as X-rays. 


Treatment for your ankle pain will depend on its underlying cause. Often, the chiropodist will recommend that you rest the affected ankle. You might also need to ice, compress, and elevate the ankle, wear an orthotic device, or take medications to reduce pain and inflammation. 

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

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