Whether you’re experiencing ankle pain as a result of an injury or degenerative disease, it can affect your quality of life significantly. At Regional Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Center in Waxahachie and Hillsboro, Texas, Robert Roye, MD, and the team of orthopedic specialists do everything in their power to ensure you feel better fast. Call the office nearest you or click the online appointment tool for a consultation now.
The ankle is one of the most common sites of musculoskeletal pain because your ankle does so much. Not only do your ankles bear the weight of your body, but they also help you move. A few of the most common causes of ankle pain include:
Ankle fractures are broken bones in any of your three ankle bones, including the shin (tibia), outer lower leg bone (fibula), and the talus that connects your ankle and foot. Fractures can be either nondisplaced (broken but still aligned) or displaced (broken and misaligned). Typically, ankle fractures happen with falls or severe direct ankle impact.
Ankle sprains are ligament injuries. A sprain means you've stretched or torn either the lateral (outside) or medial (inside) ligaments in your ankle. Ankle sprains typically happen during sports or trip-and-fall accidents.
Several types of arthritis can cause ankle pain, including osteoarthritis (wear-and-tear) and rheumatoid arthritis. Some people also develop post-traumatic arthritis in the ankle after an injury.
Your Achilles tendon, which joins your calf muscle and heel bone, can develop tendinitis or rupture to cause severe ankle and heel area pain.
No matter why you're having ankle pain, the Regional Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Center team can help.
The Regional Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Center team reviews your medical history with a particular emphasis on your history of ankle problems (if any).
After they conduct a hands-on exam of your ankle and discuss your pain, you'll most likely need an X-ray so the team can analyze the bone changes in your ankle joint. If you have a ligament or tendon injury, you may need a diagnostic ultrasound, CT scan, or MRI to identify the reason for your pain.
The Regional Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Center team prescribes a treatment plan focused on full recovery. Some of the different treatment options can include physical therapy with the experienced on-site team, ankle immobilization, and orthobiologic injections to stimulate natural healing.
Some ankle pain may require a surgical fix, such as severe ligament tears or displaced fractures. If you should need surgery, the surgeons at Regional Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Center always recommend the most advanced surgical technique with the fastest recovery time.
Ankle pain need not lead to long-term suffering. Call the Regional Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Center office nearest you, or click the online appointment tool for help now.