The human ankle is an extremely complicated joint. Ankle pain can be the result of a problem with the bones or soft tissue structures within the ankle.
Pain can result from injury, either athletic or traumatic; use or overuse as in the case of most tendinitis; disease as in gout or arthritis or bursitis; or even referred pain from other injuries or issues. Inherited traits and malformations of the joint can also cause pain in the ankle. The Achilles tendon- found on the back of the ankle and lower leg- is the largest tendon in the body and is often a cause of severe pain or limitation in athletes and so-called “weekend warriors.”