The ankle is a joint which consists of three bones, two of which are in the leg, the tibia and fibula, and the third is a foot bone, the talus. The bones create a complex joint which goes beyond a simple hinge as it facilitates a range of movements. Ligaments hold the bones in place. 

What causes ankle pain?

Arthritis in the ankle is relatively common and can cause severe pain. There are five main types which are ankle arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, gout and septic arthritis.

There are several sorts of injuries which can cause ankle pain, but the most common are sprains and breaks. There are a number of procedures and treatments that can improve ankle pain which include ankle arthroscopy, ankle instability, ankle replacement and ankle fusion.

Your consultant will take a full medical history and perform a careful examination of any problem area. They may order additional tests or scans to ensure an accurate diagnosis. Medication and physiotherapy may be prescribed in the first instance. In some cases, surgery may be recommended. Use the information below to find out more about a specific symptom or treatment:



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