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Symptoms and Causes of Ankle Bursitis

Ankle bursitis occurs when the bursae sacs in the ankle become inflamed, causing significant discomfort and mobility issues. Bursae are small, fluid-filled sacs that act as cushions between bones, tendons, and muscles, reducing friction and facilitating smooth joint movement. These sacs can become irritated or inflamed, typically due to overuse, trauma, infection, or medical conditions like gout or rheumatoid arthritis. Common symptoms of ankle bursitis include pain and tenderness in the ankle, swelling, stiffness, warmth, or redness around the affected area. Aching or throbbing pain also can occur, especially when pressure is applied. Overuse from activities like running or dancing, trauma from injuries, or wearing poorly fitting shoes are frequent causes. Proper diagnosis may include imaging tests like X-rays or MRIs to rule out other conditions. In some cases, fluid from the bursae might be tested for infections. If you're experiencing symptoms of ankle bursitis, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for a diagnosis and treatment.

Ankle pain can be caused by a number of problems and may be potentially serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with Nrup Tolat, DPM from Atlanta Total Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Ankle pain is any condition that causes pain in the ankle. Due to the fact that the ankle consists of tendons, muscles, bones, and ligaments, ankle pain can come from a number of different conditions.


The most common causes of ankle pain include:

  • Types of arthritis (rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, and gout)
  • Ankle sprains
  • Broken ankles
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Stress fractures
  • Bursitis
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis


Symptoms of ankle injury vary based upon the condition. Pain may include general pain and discomfort, swelling, aching, redness, bruising, burning or stabbing sensations, and/or loss of sensation.


Due to the wide variety of potential causes of ankle pain, podiatrists will utilize a number of different methods to properly diagnose ankle pain. This can include asking for personal and family medical histories and of any recent injuries. Further diagnosis may include sensation tests, a physical examination, and potentially x-rays or other imaging tests.


Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are rest, ice packs, keeping pressure off the foot, orthotics and braces, medication for inflammation and pain, and surgery.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Woodstock and Atlanta, GA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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