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ankle pain in Charlotte


Ankle pain is a condition that is mostly caused by injuries or sprains to the ankle joint. Also, ankle pain can be a result of arthritis, inflamed tendons, gout, or even nerve damage. Sprains and overstretching of the ligament are also common causes of ankle pains. Usually, minor cases of ankle pain can subside with just minor ankle exercises or the use of over-the-counter medications. However, certain cases of severe ankle pain require the intervention of pain specialists to treat the condition.

It is recommended that you seek expert medical intervention if you suspect ankle pain that lingers on. We provide treatments for ankle pain in Charlotte at Advanced Sports & Spine using advanced and regenerative medical procedures, including non-opioid, non-surgical pain management options.

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Regenerative Medicine for Ankle Pain

Our approach to pain management at Advanced Sports & Spine includes regenerative medicine in Charlotte. Regenerative medicine is an advanced medical procedure that uses the body’s own cells to harness its own healing power.

These procedures involve interventions using stem cells and platelets derived from the body in procedures known as stem cell therapy and PRP therapy. These procedures are able to heal the pain in the ankle without the need for surgery. Additionally, recovery from these procedures is faster compared to traditional therapy, and they restore functionality to injured ankles so you can get back to work and the things you love.

Regenerative Medicine - PRP Therapy for the Ankle

PRP therapy is a safe and effective regenerative medical procedure that uses concentrated platelets derived from the patient’s blood. The procedure is a non-surgical treatment procedure that harnesses the body’s healing power by deploying growth factors to injured sites, which make them heal faster. The procedure effectively provides recovery to injured sites by helping to reduce inflammation, reduce pain, and reduce swelling. PRP therapy effectively provides recovery from common ankle conditions such as arthritis, ankle sprains, ankle stress fractures, plantar fasciitis, and Achilles tendinitis.

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Stem Cell Therapy for Ankle Pain

Stem cell therapy is one of the most effective regenerative medical procedures for treating ankle pains and conditions. The procedure uses special cells in the body to repair diseased and injured tissues such as the tendons and ligaments of the ankle joints. It doesn’t matter the severity of your foot and ankle conditions; stem cell therapy is effective for treating a wide range of ankle conditions, including arthritis and several types of ankle injuries.

The procedure is revolutionary, and patients can expect to benefit from it in the following ways.

  • Stem cell therapy is a minimally invasive procedure. Hence, you’re protected from the risk of highly invasive surgical procedures and other complications such as bleeding, structural damage, and the risk of post-surgical infections.
  • Stem cell therapy addresses the source of the pain rather than just managing the symptoms. Hence, recovery is faster and without the need to depend on pain medications.
  • Stem cell therapy uses the patient’s own cells, so the procedure is safe and poses no risk of adverse effects.
  • Stem cell therapy is capable of treating several cases of ankle conditions such as arthritis, achilles tendon injuries, bursitis, plantar fasciitis, and ankle sprains.

Who’s a candidate?

Do you feel serious pain in your foot and ankle region? Do you find it difficult to walk or even stand? If you do not find relief after some rest or use of over-the-counter medications, then it’s time you sought medical intervention to relieve your discomfort.

If you have one or more of the following symptoms, feel free to contact our office for an expert assessment of your ankle pain so we can design the best treatment plan that is specific to your conditions:

prp therapyChronic or lingering ankle pain

bone marrow stem cellPain that worsens with movement

adipose derived stem cell therapyAnkle injuries or sprains

prp therapyOsteoarthritis

bone marrow stem cellLigament sprain of the ankle

bone marrow stem cellSudden pop sounds at the back of the heel with tingling sensations

bone marrow stem cellSwelling around the ankle regions


Joint Injections With or Without Ultrasound Guidance
Joint Injections With or Without Ultrasound Guidance

Joint injections provide a safe and effective way of treating ankle pains. Joint injections are very beneficial in the sense that they provide fast and immediate relief because they’re injected directly into the ankle joints with or without ultrasound guidance. In most cases, these injections are usually corticosteroids which are effective since they can reduce swelling and inflammation. After treatment with joint injections, you will be able to resume normal activities and get back to the things you love again.

Nerve block treatment in Charlotte
Nerve Block Treatments

One of the most effective ways of treating an injured ankle is by injecting the area with a nerve-blocking substance. In this procedure, nerve numbing substances are injected into the nerves innervating the ankle joints to block pain transmission and achieve immediate pain relief. The pain specialist will assess your pain and determine which type of nerve-blocking substances are suitable for your treatment.

Peripheral joint injections in Charlotte
Peripheral Joint Injections

Peripheral joint injection therapy is a minimally-invasive procedure for delivering pain-numbing medications to injured tissues such as a sprained ankle. Certain injections such as cortisone and other corticosteroids are normally used to deliver targeted pain relief. Because the injections target the source of the pain, they’re a good choice to manage your ankle pain. These injections have the longest duration and greatest potency in producing the desired anti-inflammatory effect and pain relief that will produce a fast and effective recovery from ankle pain.

Bursa injections in Charlotte
Bursa Injections

Bursa injections also use steroid medications that soothe ankle pain. The procedure is quick and usually takes about 10 minutes under the control of guided imaging techniques such as ultrasound technology. If you have ankle pain, and upon assessment, the pain specialist diagnoses bursitis, which is the inflammation of the bursa, injections may be required to reduce inflammation around the bursa and produce pain relief.

Focused aspiration of soft tissues (FAST) in Charlotte
Focused Aspiration of Soft Tissues (FAST) Treatment Procedures

The goal of the FAST procedure is to remove the source of the ankle pain. FAST is a minimally invasive procedure that uses advanced technology to remove the tendon scar tissue which produces the pain. The procedure uses ultrasonic imaging for visualizing, so the scar tissue is effectively removed. This procedure produces quick results with compelling clinical results and safety.

ankle conditions

Ankle pain is a common complaint that affects many people worldwide. Pain may be caused by inflammation of the bursa, arthritis of the ankle joint, gout, and lots more. Common ankle conditions include:

  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Osteoarthritis of the ankle joint
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Ankle fracture and sprain
  • Ankle instability
  • Achilles tendinopathy
  • Achilles tendon disorders

If you feel pain or discomfort around your ankle, you can begin by trying out the following exercises to help relieve your discomfort and restore functionality to your ankles. Here are a few ankle exercises to try out:

  • Towel stretch
  • Prone hip extension
  • Standing calf stretch
  • Standing soleus stretch
  • Side-lying leg lift
  • Step-up
  • Heel raise
  • Balance and reach exercises
  • Resisted ankle plantar flexion
  • Sitting plantar fascia stretch
  • Anterior compartment stretch
  • Resisted ankle dorsiflexion
  • Ankle range of motion
Dr. Usman Ahmad and the team at Advanced Sports & Spine in Charlotte

Frequently Asked Questions About Treatments for Ankle Pain


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.


It is usually difficult to tell if ankle pain is serious or not at the initial onset. However, ankle pains that linger on and refuse to go away after rest or interventions with over-the-counter pain relief or treatment with ice or heat therapy may be a severe case of ankle pain. If you feel this way, it is the right time to contact a pain specialist to evaluate your symptoms, determine the source, and design a treatment plan that is specific to your needs.


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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