The subtalar joint is a complex joint in the foot. It is vital for walking, and helps people balance on uneven or rough ground. Damage to the subtalar joint may impact a person’s mobility or affect their gait when walking. It may also cause pain.
The ankle joint is one of the major weight-bearing joints in the body. As a result of this function and partly due to its structure, the ankle is often injured, such as when jumping and landing incorrectly.
Tendonitis is one of the most common causes of foot or ankle pain. The muscles of your leg, foot, and ankle are attached to the bone by tendons, which are strong, cord-like tissues. Tendonitis is swelling that happens around a tendon.
The ankle joint is affected by arthritis much less often than other joints. When patients have ankle arthritis, they have worn out the tibiotalar joint, which is the joint between the shin bone (tibia) and ankle bone (talus).
Foot pain is a very common problem. However, the challenge with foot pain is that there are many different potential causes, making it difficult at times for even health care professionals to get to the root of your discomfort. Where the pain is and how it feels—throbbing, aching, stabbing, tender, and so on—can offer clues, but given all the possible causes, symptoms may not be enough to settle on a diagnosis.