Numerous conditions can cause chronic foot and ankle pain. Chronic foot and ankle pain foot and ankle joint pain also be caused by structural abnormalities or defects in the foot. I thought you’d find this LIVESTRONG. Martin Hughes is a chiropractic physician, health writer and the co-owner of a website devoted to natural footgear.
He writes about health, fitness, diet and lifestyle. Hughes earned his Bachelor of Science in kinesiology at the University of Waterloo and his doctoral degree from Western States Chiropractic College in Portland, Ore. Some types of foot pain, if left untreated, can progress, causing joint and tissue damage and disability. Inappropriate footwear can cause chronic foot and ankle pain.
Most conventional footwear is not shaped like a human foot— which means the footwear is widest at the ball of the foot, not at the ends of the toes, as it should be, to accommodate natural toe splay—and do not allow the foot to function appropriately. Osteoarthritis can cause long-term foot and ankle pain. The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases or NIAMS states that osteoarthritis, also called degenerative joint disease or osteoarthrosis, is the most common cause of arthritis or joint pain. Osteoarthritis is particularly common in older individuals.