Ankle pain is a common medical complaint that occurs as a result of a sprain or injury and causes discomfort or pain in the ankles. Certain conditions such as arthritis, gout, and ruptured tendons may also be responsible for ankle pain.
If you’ve had ankle pain that refuses to go away with physical therapy or over-the-counter medications, then you’ve come to the right place. At Advanced Sports & Spine, we offer personalized ankle pain treatment in Charlotte using revolutionary pain management approaches. These procedures are non-surgical and non-opiate interventions, so you do not have to worry about adverse side effects.
Ankle injuries refer to damage to any bone, ligament, or tendon of the ankle. The damage may be in the form of sprains, fractures, or ruptures to these tissues.
Sudden trauma, force, or inflammation of the ankle as a result of overuse are other causes of ankle injuries. This occurs when the ankle is repeatedly stretched, which may even lead to the ankle slipping out of place.
Pain, swelling, bruising, and inability to walk conveniently are typical symptoms of ankle pain. Sometimes, stiffness occurring as a result of sprains to the ankles may be typical characteristics of ankle injuries. Treatment of ankle injuries depends on the cause and severity of the condition.
Ankle pain can be caused by injuries or issues such as fractures, instability, sprains, arthritis, and plantar fasciitis.
Osteoarthritis is one of the most popular complaints that affects several joints in the body, including the ankle. It affects the ankles when the cartilage supporting the foot and the ankle begins to wear away. This causes stiffness, swelling, and discomfort in the ankle joint, which manifests as pain.
Conditions like fractures, repeated sprains, and high arches may also predispose an individual to osteoarthritis of the ankle. Osteoarthritis is one of the most common causes of foot and ankle conditions and may require intervention by a pain specialist to accurately diagnose osteoarthritis of the ankle.
Tarsal tunnel syndrome is a condition that affects the tibial nerve that is found near the ankle. The tibial nerve runs through the tarsal tunnel within a narrow passageway in the ankle. When this nerve is impacted as a result of persistent pressure through aggravated physical activity or stress, it gradually becomes damaged.
Pain may manifest as sharp, shooting pains or even a burning sensation. Because of the nature of the condition, expert intervention by an ankle pain specialist is recommended. The expert will assess your condition by examining your foot and ankle and checking for the possibility and severity of damage to the tarsal syndrome. Other tests may also be recommended to diagnose the condition and assess the best course of therapy that is specific to your needs.
The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body and runs down the back of the lower leg. Also, it is one of the strongest tendons in the body since it can withstand pressures from walking and jumping. However, when overstressed, it can get inflamed and result in a rupture.
Achilles tendon ruptures can also occur as a result of tight calf muscles or a heel spur, which is an extra bone growth between the Achilles tendon and the heel bone. During motion, the bone spur rubs against the tendon and results in serious heel pain. In certain cases, Achilles tendinitis manifests as a sudden ‘pop sound’ at the back of the heel. If you’ve experienced that before, then you may have Achilles tendinitis.
Retrocalcaneal bursitis occurs as a result of inflammation of the bursa. Bursae are fluid-filled sacs that are found around the joints. They’re there functionally to serve as a cushion between the heel bone and the Achilles tendon.
However, pressures and repetitive movements of the ankle can lead to injury to the ankle, which may even manifest as inflammation of the ankle bursa. Typical manifestations of retrocalcaneal bursitis are often in the form of pain, redness, irritation, and swelling behind the heel.
Forceful twisting and extreme motion of the ankle joint can result in ligament injury. Ligament injury is one of the most common causes of ankle pains and conditions and can be a result of ligament sprain, tear, or rupture.
We offer several different options for treating ankle pain at our pain management center in Charlotte, NC. We treat ankle pain using regenerative medical procedures such as PRP therapy and stem cell therapy. We also utilize innovative treatment methods such as steroid injections, viscosupplementation, nerve blocks, and other revolutionary procedures for alleviating or eliminating ankle pain.
Exercises are a great way to strengthen and support your ankle and restore its mobility. A combination of exercises and treatments may be necessary to fully restore functionality to your ankle and eliminate pain.
Certain types of exercises may worsen pains in your ankles, so we recommend that you discuss your exercise plans and choices with your doctor before you start them on your own to avoid further damage to your ankle.
A simple rule of thumb is to avoid exercises that worsen your pain. Our experts can assess the cause of your ankle pain and recommend the appropriate exercises and treatments that are suitable for your ankle condition.
Most cases of ankle pain usually resolve on their own after a short time of a few exercises. However, ankle pain that lingers on for weeks requires appropriate medical assessment. Untreated ankle pain may affect a person’s quality of life and overall well-being, so it is always a good option to check with a pain specialist for appropriate therapy. A pain specialist like Dr. Ahmad can assess your pain, evaluate your symptoms, and help you prepare a treatment plan that will provide you immediate relief and restore functionality to your ankle.
Ankle pain is caused by several factors that may manifest from mild to severe cases of ankle pain. Depending on the cause of the pain and level of discomfort, mild cases can resolve with rest or with just simple exercises. However, more serious cases may require intervention by pain specialists. It is difficult to tell if an ankle condition will resolve on its own or not, so it is advisable to consult with a pain specialist to evaluate your symptoms so you can know the next steps.
The ankle is a mobile joint in the human body. However, it is prone to wear, tear, and injuries.
A great way to keep your ankles healthy is to protect your joints by strengthening them through exercising, stretching, and not overstressing your joints. Exercise regularly to maintain your ankle mobility, stability, and functionality.
The duration of discomfort from ankle pain varies depending on the cause of the pain. Mild cases usually resolve on their own following a brief period of rest or intervention with over-the-counter medications. Acute pains involving minor injuries may resolve after some days or a couple of weeks. More severe cases usually require medical interventions by pain specialists to relieve your pain.
Experts may recommend treatments, physical therapy in the form of exercises, and possible lifestyle changes that may relieve discomfort once the source of the pain has been determined.
Finding the right effective treatment for ankle pain requires determining the cause of the pain. Schedule an appointment for an evaluation with one of our experts. Once the root of your pain is known, we can devise a custom treatment plan to relieve your ankle pain.
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