Inner Ankle Pain


Information on Inner Ankle Pain After Sports Injury

Frequently, inner ankle pain after a sports injury means that the injury has not healed properly. It is not uncommon for athletes to experience ankle pain from an injury; even months after the injury should be healed. When this happens it is usually due to the fact that the joint has not healed properly after a sprain.

Another reason that tenderness in the joint, or inner ankle pain may persist is that the muscles and joint have been repeatedly injured. Once someone has had an ankle injury they are high risk for sustaining future injuries to the same ankle. The reason that an ankle injury increases someone’s risk for re-injury is that the muscle and joint has become weak, causing reoccurring injury, or activity was resumed before the ankle had completely healed.

Chronic pain to the inner ankle following an injury is usually caused by,

  • A tear in the tendon
  • Instability of the joint
  • Inflammation of the nerves around the ankle
  • Inflammation of the tissue that lines the joint

Instability of the joint after an ankle sprain is when there is looseness of the joint, which is common after a sprain. When someone suffers an ankle sprain what has happened is that they have injured the ligaments that support the ankle. An injury to these ligaments leads to instability of the whole ankle and pain. This can also lead to inner ankle pain. Aside from pain, this can also lead to the onset of degenerative arthritis.

Chronic ankle pain can also be caused by inflammation of the tendon; the tendon is what attaches the muscle to the bone. Common causes for tendonitis in the ankle are injury, as well as the onset of arthritis.

Some of the symptoms of tendonitis include outer or inner ankle pain, swelling, and there may also be some weakness or tenderness in the general area of the injured tendon. To get a diagnosis for this problem it would be necessary to see your healthcare provider; in most cases your doctor can make a diagnosis with a physical examination combined with your medical history. Although it is rare, in some cases your doctor may order an X-Ray or possibly an MRI. There are only a few methods of treating tendonitis, which often requires a combination of immobilization, rest, and an anti-inflammatory medication.

Inflammation of the nerves around the ankle may be the cause of inner ankle pain; this is usually the result of an injury, or scar tissue buildup from a past injury. This problem is diagnosed in much the same way as tendonitis, with a physical examination and medical history. If your doctor suspects that he pain may be caused by scar tissue, he or she may order an MRI.

Another problem that may be causing inner ankle pain is swelling of the tissue around the joint; this tissue is referred to as synovial lining, which provides cushioning so that the ankle can move smoothly. When the synovial lining becomes inflamed, the result can be pain and weakening of the ankle joint. With each injury to the ankle you increase the chance of chronic pain due to damage to the lining of the ankle. In most cases this type of injury is diagnosed through a medical examination, though your doctor may order an X-Ray to ensure there are no underlying medical conditions that could be causing the pain. Like most joint injuries, this is treated with rest, immobilization, as well as anti-inflammatory medications; it is also possible that your doctor will want to treat the injury with a shot of cortisone.

If you are experiencing inner ankle pain, or pain anywhere around the joint, you should see your doctor for a diagnosis.