The human anatomy is structured for balance and movement. When these structures making up the joints weaken, instability of the affected area may occur. Strong ligaments hold the bones of your joints in place while the joints are in motion and at rest. Muscles and tendons hold the bones of the joints in place most often when moving.
Usually due to an underlying injury, ankle pain refers to any kind of sudden or worsening discomfort affecting any part of the ankle.
Arthritis of the Foot and Ankle
The pain and stiffness you feel in your feet and ankles as you age could be arthritis. If left untreated, this nagging pain can get worse over time, eventually making it difficult to walk even short distances.
Instability is the inability of a joint to support weight or maintain balance, a feat which requires coordination between functional ligaments and tendons.
Cavus foot is a condition in which the foot has a very high arch. This can lead to a variety of other symptoms and can develop at any age.
Osteochondral lesions of the talus (OLT), sometimes called osteochondritis dessicans or osteochondral fractures, are injuries to the talus (the bottom bone of the ankle joint) that involve both the bone itself as well as cartilage that overlays it.
Peroneal Tendon Injury
A peroneal tendon injury most commonly occurs in individuals who participate in sports that involve repetitive ankle motion.