Ankle Pain Treatment Options
Expert Treatment of Ankle Pain and Injuries
Ankles are complex structures made up of bones supported by muscles and ligaments, providing balance and stability to your whole body whenever you’re on your feet. The ankle is also the joint most often injured.
Our foot and ankle specialists provide a wide range of nonsurgical and surgical treatments for ankle disorders. Learn more about the most common types of ankle surgery and the types of ankle injuries and conditions we treat.
It’s important to have a foot and ankle specialist diagnose the source of your ankle pain. In some cases chronic ankle problems are actually caused by issues in the feet, toes or heels. Underlying diseases like lupus may also be responsible. Our caring and experienced podiatrists will determine the cause of the problem and design a treatment plan to relieve your pain quickly and get you back on your feet.
Chronic Lateral Ankle Pain
Chronic lateral ankle pain is recurring or chronic pain on the outside part of the ankle that often develops after an injury such as a sprained ankle. Ankle sprains can also cause a subluxation of the cuboid bone, resulting in chronic lateral foot pain.
- Ankle instability
- Difficulty walking on uneven ground or in high heels
- Pain, sometimes intense, on the outer side of the ankle
- Repeated ankle sprains
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Physical therapy
- Ankle braces or other supports
Osteochondritis is a lesion that usually causes pain and stiffness of the ankle joint and affects all age groups. Osteochondritis is caused by a twisting-type injury to the ankle. Symptoms include swelling and ankle pain.
Immobilization of the foot and ankle for a period of time usually resolves the problem. In more severe cases however, surgery may be indicated. During the surgery, loose fragments of cartilage and bone are removed from the ankle joint and, in some cases, small drill holes are made in the defect to stimulate new blood vessels and help form scar tissue that will fill the defect.