The Most Common Causes of Ankle Pain and What to Do If Your Pain Doesn’t Go Away

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The Most Common Causes of Ankle Pain and What to Do If Your Pain Doesn’t Go Away

Nov 7, 2022

Ankle pain is a frequent result of everything from wearing high heels to playing sports. Fortunately, for many people, rest, ice, and a change of footwear can often cause the pain to subside. But for others, it persists and becomes a chronic issue that forces them to quit athletics or take time off work. Here are the most common causes of ankle pain and a pro tip for how to handle pain that doesn’t resolve in a timely manner.

Most Common Causes of Ankle Pain

Footwear choice

Ankle pain can often be traced to the type of shoes you wear every day, especially if you work on your feet or walk long distances. Some footwear issues that can provoke ankle pain include:

  • High heels (which can also cause ankle sprains)
  • Thin soles
  • Poor impact absorption
  • Lack of flexibility
  • Poor fit
  • Wear that affects support

Shoes that are good for your feet can be expensive, although at least today they’re available in more stylish versions. Try lowering your heels and looking for shoes that have thicker, more impact-resistant soles. Make sure your feet have room to spread out properly, especially in the toe box area.

Your anatomy

Some folks have a musculoskeletal makeup that predisposes them to ankle pain. Most often, flatfeet are to blame – that is, feet with a low arch that doesn’t assist well with the transfer of motion during walking, running, dancing, or performing other activities.

You can also have anatomical problems stemming from old injuries that left scar tissue or deformities. Another way your anatomy can cause ankle pain is if you have knee, hip, or back issues. Compensating for weakness, imbalance, or pain for a long time can put stress on your ankles and feet.

Being overweight

Carrying extra weight can also put stress on your ankles and cause pain. With every step you take, your ankles have to bear the burden. Being overweight can place even more pressure on your ankles if you play a sport or work on your feet all day. Ankle pain due to obesity is nearly always bilateral, meaning it occurs on both sides of the body.

Overuse and repetitive motion

You can develop ankle pain by overdoing it, such as training too intensely for an upcoming fun run or cramming a season’s worth of chores into one weekend. This kind of ankle pain usually gets better once you ease up on the activity.

However, you can also have ankle pain from overuse or repeating the same motions over and over, which often happens with people who do manual labor for a living, like landscapers and construction workers. Some common repetitive motion ankle conditions include:

  • Bursitis – inflammation of the three fluid-filled sacs that lubricate the ankle joint
  • Tendinitis – inflammation of a tendon, which is the type of tissue that attaches muscle to bone (e.g., the Achilles tendon)
  • Tendinosis – breakdown of tendon tissue due to overuse

Sports injury

Sports injuries can come from overuse and repetitive motion, as described above, especially for runners. In addition to bursitis and tendon problems, plantar fasciitis is not unusual. This is inflammation of the sheet of tissue that runs the length of the bottom of the foot and attaches at the heel.

You can also have ankle pain from an acute sports injury that causes sudden trauma. Sprains, tears, and breaks are included in this category.


There are many types of arthritis, with osteoarthritis being the most common, particularly as people age. Arthritis can result in redness, swelling, stiffness, joint degeneration, and ankle pain.

An Alternative to Conventional Treatments for Ankle Pain

Regenerative medicine

If you’re one of those unlucky people for whom ankle pain doesn’t go away after trying home remedies like ice, elevation, and hot soaks, you may seek out the advice of a doctor for relief. While some treatments like adding orthotics to your shoes or going to physical therapy can be beneficial, beware of other so-called “conventional” therapies.

Even over-the-counter medications can have side effects like raising your blood pressure or putting you at greater risk for a cardiovascular event. And prescription painkillers have even more negative consequences, including the potential for addiction.

Surgery is even riskier. You can have complications from anesthesia or blood clots during recovery. There is also the danger of nerve damage or not getting the pain relief you had hoped for.

A better approach is to harness your body’s own natural healing mechanism to eliminate your ankle pain. You can do this with regenerative medicine, an exciting and innovative new branch of healthcare that can be used on all the joints of the body and is being researched to treat diabetes, cancer, and other serious illnesses.

At RegenerWave Clinic, we use regenerative medicine based on exosomes, the “cousins” of stem cells. Exosomes can be injected into your ankle to jump-start the healing process. They help reduce inflammation and pain, while improving immunity and even prompting the regrowth of tissue when necessary.

Once the exosomes have started to do their job, your healing cells start renewing on their own. This means the results typically last for a long time. Although regenerative medicine typically isn’t covered by insurance yet, it can end up being less expensive than paying for prescriptions for years or covering the out-of-pocket costs of ankle surgery.

Whether your sole health concern is ankle pain or you’re interested in holistic health improvement through nutrition, hormones, and gut health, we’re here to help at RegenerWave Clinic. To schedule your consultation to see if regenerative medicine is right for you, call us today at 954-510-3150, or reach out online to let us know how we can help you feel better.

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