Sudden onset ankle pain

Acute ankle pain is usually a sudden onset ankle pain and is caused by a twisting, impact or direct trauma. The athlete will know exactly when the injury is likely to have occured.

  • Peroneal Tendonitis

    Peroneal Tendonitis

    Peroneal tendonitis is inflammation of the peroneal tendons which run behind the lateral malleolus or the bony bit on the outside of the ankle causing and swelling on the outer ankle.

  • 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.

  • Osteochondral Lesions of the Talus

    Osteochondral Lesions - Talus

    Osteochondral lesions or fractures of the cartilage which sits on top of the Talus (ankle bone), most commonly occur in combination with an ankle sprain.

  • Broken Ankle

    Broken Ankle

    A broken ankle or fractured ankle can occur from a bad ankle sprain and is a fracture to one of the bones in the ankle.

  • Dislocated Ankle

    Dislocated Ankle

    A dislocated ankle is a severe injury which usually happens in conjunction with a fracture or complete rupture of the lateral ankle ligaments. A dislocated ankle can be a posterior, anterior or superior dislocation.

  • 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.

  • Peroneal Tendon Dislocation

    Peroneal Tendon Dislocation

    The peroneal tendon runs behind the lateral malleolus or the bony bit on the outer ankle. Repeated dislocation or slipping can mean the tendon rubs against the bone causing inflammation.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.