The ankle is strong stable joint that allows us to transfer weight to the floor as we stand and walk.
There are many stong ligaments and tendons that extend across this joint adding to its stability.
There is also a bursa or "fluid filled sac" in the back part of the ankle that helps tendons glide smoothly back and forth as you move your ankle.
Many parts of the ankle joint that may become painful from over-use or traumatic injury. Inflammation of the bursa or tendon are probably the most common sources of pain in the ankle.
A tear in one of the ligaments from a twisting of the ankle can also cause serious pain and swelling. And just like in any other joint in the body, arthritis of the joint can become an overwhelming problem.
Severe ankle sprain injuries may also have associated fractures of the bones of lower leg. Any of these situations can cause enough pain to make it difficult to walk or bear weight through the ankle joint.
The first step to reducing pain is to first determine where the pain starts. This is typically accomplished by your physician listening to how your pain started and recognizing what makes your pain worse.
A thorough physical examination of your painful area will be performed. X-rays, MRI, and special nerve and muscle testing may also be used to take better evaluate your condition.
Once the main problem is identified, then a treament plan can be started to treat it at its source.Surgery is not always needed to treat ankle pain.
There are certain situations where surgery may ultimately be needed. However, you want to be fully evaluated and try all means of conservative treatment before undergoing an operation on your ankle.
Removable ankle braces may be useful in helping reduce pain. It is just a matter of choosing the right brace for your condition.
There are also many types of minimally invasive ankle injections we offer that we may be able to use to reduce the pain quickly. Injections are typically used when the pain is so severe that it prevents you from working, performing any type of exercise program, or if you cannot progress through the exercise program because of the pain.
Very often, all that is need is the right treatment plan, persistence, teamwork and dedication to your health to help reduce or eliminate your pain.
If surgery is ultimately needed, we will match you with an excellent surgeon who can help with your condition. Make an appointment today so that we can help you start on your road to recovery.