Your ankle joints allow for the up-and-down, and side-to-side movement of your foot. Numerous ligaments surround the bones in these joints, stabilising them and connecting the bones in your leg to the bones in your feet.
Every time you walk, your feet and ankles are taking on the weight of your entire body — so imagine how much extra pressure they're under when you run or jump! Running and jumping places extra force on your ankle joints, equalivant to several times your body weight - so it's no surprise that they are prone to injury.
Your ankle pain could be caused by an injury, like a stress fracture or ankle sprain, or a medical condition, like rheumatoid arthritis. It could feel like a sharp, shooting pain, or a dull ache, depending on your condition.
We've highlighted the most common causes of ankle pain below. Click through for more information on each one and to find out how we would treat the condition.
Achilles tendinopathy is a degenerative condition thought to be caused by gradual wear and tear of the tendon, usually from overuse or ageing.
Sever's disease (calcaneal apophysitis) is one of the most common causes of heel pain in children and young adolescents, occurring from inflammation of the growth plate in the heel.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a long term autoimmune disorder that affects the body through persistent damage to the lining of the joints. This happens when the immune system doesn't work properly, mistakenly attacking your own healthy cells.
Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage (smooth elastic tissue) that protects the ends of the bones breaks down over time. This results in pain and swelling at your major joints, often making them hard to move.