What Is Causing My Ankle Pain?

Published on March 3rd, 2020

The first step to alleviating your pesky ankle pain is determining the root cause of the problem. Our team at Gitelis Orthopedics is dedicated to providing an individualized treatment based on what’s causing your pain. Learn more about the top conditions we see on a regular basis.


An ankle fracture is common among quick-footed athletes since they are most often caused by twisting or rolling your ankle while running. But an ankle fracture can also be caused by trauma such as falling down the stairs or a car accident. You may hear a pop at the time of the incident followed by pain and swelling. Usually, a cast is needed for 6 or more weeks. Plates and screws are sometimes added to strengthen the bones by an ankle surgeon around Hoffman Estates.


Arthritis is a chronic condition where the cartilage surrounding the ankle joint becomes worn or damaged. Cartilage smoothly covers the bones allowing the joints to glide and can become damaged due to trauma or just degenerate over time. Ankle arthritis causes loss of motion and strength as well as pain with daily activities. Physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medicines, injections, and nutritional supplements are used to treat this pain over time.

Achilles Tendinitis

Achilles Tendinitis is caused by the overuse of the Achilles tendon that connects calf muscles at the back of the lower leg to your heel bone. This injury is common among athletes or middle-aged people who exercise infrequently. Tendinitis can lead to a tendon tear that may require surgical repair from an ankle surgeon around Hoffman Estates.

Chronic Ankle Laxity

Chronic Ankle Laxity refers to stretched or torn ligaments that leaves your ankle joints loose or unsteady. This often occurs due to improper healing from a previous ankle sprain. This condition usually causes ankle pain with movement, the feeling of instability and reoccurring sprains. Our team at Gitelis Orthopedics can help treat Chronic Ankle Laxity with physical therapy, casts or even ligament reconstruction with a graft depending on the severity of the condition.

If you have ankle pain and you’re not sure what’s causing it, contact Gitelis Orthopedics by visiting us online or calling (847) 807-7770 today!

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