What is Chronic Ankle Joint Pain?


4 Major Causes of Chronic Joint Pain

The ankle is a joint where your foot and leg meet. It is prone to pain and injury because of the weight and pressure it is carrying. Chronic ankle pain is common to athletes and often develops after a repeated injury like sprains that heals prematurely. The most common symptom of ankle joint pain is pain on the outer side of the ankle.

Chronic ankle joint pain is called as such because the pain usually lasts for a prolonged period of time. The pain is usually aggravated during intense activities like running.

Here are the different causes of Chronic Joint Pain:

Ankle sprain with instability

Chronic Ankle Joint Pain

Sprain is a common condition to people who are into sports. This can be caused by weak muscles or tendons that can result in painful ankle joint with a feeling of “looseness”. This can also be caused by running on rough surfaces or wearing uncomfortable high-heeled shoes.


Tendonitis is the swelling of overused tendon due to excessive sports and exercise. Thorough rest can ease the swelling. There are also other therapeutic methods that will help lessen the pain.


Neuritis is the swelling of nerve characterized by severe pain and loss of reflexes. It can also result in scar tissue damage. The symptoms are tingling and burning sensation, numbness to complete sensation loss and stabbing pain.


Synovitis refers to the swelling of the lining of the ankle joint called synovium. This lining is used for smoother movements of the joints but if damaged, it may cause inflammation and severe pain. There is also a feeling of tenderness of joints.

Some causes of chronic ankles are: ill-fitting footwear, tarsal tunnel syndrome (squeezed nerve in the ankle) and Osteoarthritis (pain which affects the cartilage and greatly affects older individuals).

The most common diagnosis of recognizing a chronic ankle joint pain is checking the medical history of the patient. Doctors may also perform various tests like x-rays. Prescription is not given right away as the treatment will depend on the diagnosis and the result of the tests. Treatments vary for every condition and it can be either operative or non-operative. If doctors find that there is no need for surgery or operation, he may just recommend the patient to take anti-inflammatory medications to ease the pain. Other treatments may also include injections, physical therapy, ankle exercises and ankle braces.

Please note that this condition should not be taken for granted. Ankles, if injured, may cause a bigger problem so make sure to consult your doctor once the symptoms are felt and experienced. So make sure to follow your doctor’s advice and instructions wholeheartedly and be present in your examinations, therapies and treatments. For athletes, use braces for your ankles to prevent sprains and for women, make sure to wear comfortable shoes. If high heels are your favorite indulgence, try to opt for lower heels or ditch the heels in favor of cute flats.