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Ankle Pain

What Hurts?


Ankle pain can be a disruptive and limiting issue, affecting your daily activities and overall mobility. In the realm of orthopedics, understanding the intricacies of ankle pain, seeking professional evaluation, and exploring effective treatments are vital steps toward regaining comfort and functionality.

About Ankle Pain in Orthopedics

Ankle pain within orthopedics encompasses a range of conditions involving bones, joints, ligaments, and tendons. From acute injuries to chronic issues, orthopedic specialists are dedicated to diagnosing and addressing ankle pain to restore optimal function and alleviate discomfort.

Conditions that Cause Ankle Pain

Ankle pain may be attributed to various orthopedic conditions, including:

  • Sprains and Strains: Common injuries involving ligaments (sprains) or muscles and tendons (strains).
  • Fractures: Broken bones in the ankle, often a result of trauma or impact.
  • Arthritis: Inflammatory conditions affecting the joints, leading to pain and stiffness.
  • Tendonitis: Inflammation of tendons due to overuse or repetitive motion.
  • Achilles Tendon Disorders: Conditions affecting the Achilles tendon, such as tendonitis or rupture.

Why You Should Get a Medical Evaluation

Seeking a medical evaluation for ankle pain is crucial for several reasons:

  • Accurate Diagnosis: Professional assessment helps identify the specific cause of ankle pain, allowing for targeted treatment.
  • Tailored Treatment Plans: A medical evaluation ensures a personalized approach, addressing your unique condition and needs.
  • Preventing Complications: Early intervention can prevent the progression of orthopedic issues and minimize potential complications.

How an Orthopedic Doctor May Treat Ankle Pain

Orthopedic specialists employ various treatments for ankle pain, including:

  • R.I.C.E Protocol: Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation to reduce inflammation and promote healing.
  • Physical Therapy: Targeted exercises to strengthen muscles, improve flexibility, and enhance overall ankle function.
  • Bracing or Splinting: Supportive devices to stabilize the ankle and prevent further injury.
  • Medications: Prescribed pain relievers or anti-inflammatory drugs to manage pain and inflammation.
  • Injections: Injections to reduce inflammation in and around the ankle joint.
    • Corticosteroid Injections
    • Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections
    • Hyaluronic Acid Injections
    • Joint Lubricant Injections
    • Prolotherapy Injections
    • Botox Injections
    • Nerve Block Injections
    • Trigger Point Injections
    • Ankle Synovial Fluid Injections
    • Anti-Inflammatory Injections
    • Stem Cell Injections
    • Cortisone Injections
    • Analgesic Injections
    • Viscosupplementation Injections
  • Surgical Interventions: In cases of severe injuries or conditions, surgical procedures may be recommended
    • Ankle Arthroscopy
    • Osteotomy
    • Tendon Repair
    • Ligament Reconstruction
    • Ankle Fusion
    • Total Ankle Replacement
    • Cartilage Repair
    • Achilles Tendon Repair
    • Synovectomy
    • Fracture Fixation
    • Debridement
    • Nerve Decompression Surgery
    • Arthrodesis
    • Ankle Distraction Arthroplasty
    • Tenosynovectomy
    • Soft Tissue Release
    • Cartilage Transplantation
    • External Fixation
    • Internal Fixation

Taking the First Step

If you're ready to take control of your back and spine pain, the first step is reaching out to our experienced team. Don't let pain limit your life any longer. Schedule a consultation, and let us work together to craft a plan that suits your unique needs and lifestyle.