Point tenderness on the ankle

Pain on the ankle when pressing in on a particular point or area, as opposed to a general ache in the ankle which may also be present.

  • Sprained Ankle

    Sprained Ankle

    A sprained ankle is one of the most common sports injuries and is also the most frequently re-injured. In the majority of cases the ankle rolls inwards (inversion) under the weight of the rest of the body, resulting in damage to the ligaments on the outside of the ankle.

  • High Ankle Sprain

    High Ankle Sprain

    A high ankle sprain is an injury to the anterior tibiofibula ligament which joins the tibia and fibula together just above the ankle.

  • Stress Fracture of the Talus

    Stress Fracture - Talus

    The talus bone is the bone at the top of the ankle which the tibia or shin bone sits on. Stress fractures of the talus are sometimes seen in footballers and track and field athletes.

  • Medial Malleolus Stress Fracture

    Medial Malleolus Stress Fracture

    The medial malleolus is the bony bit on the inside of the ankle. A stress fracture of the medial malleolus can occur but is very rare.

  • Potts Fracture

    Potts Fracture

    A Potts fracture is a fracture to one of the bony parts of the ankle called the malleoli. Fractures can occur to the lateral malleoli on the outside or the medial malleoli on the inside.

  • Tibialis Posterior Syndrome (PTTD)

    Tibialis Posterior Syndrome

    Posterior tibial tendon dysfunction or PTTD is a dysfunction of the posterior tibialis muscle, resulting in a fallen arch, or flat feet.

  • Acute Ankle Injuries

    The most common cause of ankle pain is a sprained ankle. But there are a number of other less common ankle injuries as well as important conditions and ankle injuries which should not be missed! Immediate first aid (RICE) rest, ice, compression and elevation is important for all ankle injuries, especially sprains. If the injury is severe or a fracture is suspected always seek medical advice as soon as possible.

  • Medial Ankle Pain

    Medial or inner ankle pain refers to pain on the inside of the ankle which is not a sudden acute injury. Pain may come on gradually or from an acute injury that has not healed properly. We explain the most common causes, some less common medial ankle injuries and important conditions that should not be missed. Tibialis posterior syndrome is probably one of the more common gradual onset injuries along with stress fractures and nerve impingements. A traumatic medial ankle sprain is rare and is likely to occur with a fracture to the fibula bone at the ankle as well.

  • Lateral Ankle Pain

    Lateral ankle pain is pain on the outside of the ankle which usually develops over time as opposed to an acute ankle injury such as a sprained ankle which happens suddenly. Chronic ankle injuries can occur after an acute ankle injury which has failed to heal properly or was not treated correctly in the beginning. The most common causes of gradual onset pain on the outside of the ankle are peroneal tendinopathy (tendinitis) and sinus tarsi syndrome.