Ankle Pain

Frequently Asked Questions

At Barrington Orthopedic Specialists, we strive to provide our patients the specialized orthopedic care you deserve.

Please use the links provided to access answers to frequently asked questions about orthopedics, orthopedic specialists, and common tests and treatment definitions.

What causes a sprained ankle?

A sprained ankle occurs when ligaments, which stabilize and support your ankle, are twisted, stretched, or torn.

Common ankle sprain

You can sprain the ligaments on either side of your ankle by turning your foot inward or outward.

High ankle sprain (syndesmosis injury)

Ligaments connect your two leg bones in an area above the ankle called the syndesmosis. When you sprain these ligaments, it’s called a high ankle sprain.

How does ankle instability develop?

When you don’t seek treatment for an ankle sprain, it doesn’t regain its optimal strength. As a result, the affected ligament progressively weakens, causing chronic instability and recurring sprains.

What do you need to know about ankle fractures?

Patients sometimes think an ankle fracture is a sprain because they’re both painful. It’s essential to get proper treatment, because fractures may lead to complications such as infection, arthritis, and deformities.

You should call Barrington Orthopedic Specialists immediately if these critical signs of a fracture persist or worsen after 2-3 days:

  • Sudden intense pain
  • Bruising along with swelling
  • You can’t put weight on the injured foot
  • The ankle joint looks deformed or out of place

In some cases, ankle fractures don’t heal correctly, which is called a nonunion. Your doctor at Barrington Orthopedic Specialists performs tests to determine the underlying cause then customizes a treatment plan to heal your ankle.

What types of tendon problems cause ankle pain?

You can develop ankle pain and suffer impaired mobility from a variety of tendon injuries or problems, including:

  • Achilles tendon tear
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Posterior tibial tendon dysfunction (PTTD)
  • Peroneal tendonitis

What other conditions cause ankle pain?

Problems with nerves that run through your ankles, such as nerve injury entrapment and compressed nerves due to tarsal tunnel syndrome, can affect your ankle and foot. If you have an artery disease or inadequate blood supply, painful venous ulcers can develop on your ankle.

Ankle deformities that cause pain may develop following an injury or infection. Degenerative disease and neuropathic conditions may also lead to deformities.

How is ankle pain treated?

Treatment is always based on the underlying cause of your ankle pain. If your ankle requires surgery, options include:

  • Ankle ligament reconstruction
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans (OCD) cartilage repair
  • Fusion arthrodesis
  • Revision surgery

Please call the team at Barrington Orthopedic Specialists to book an appointment and receive an expert evaluation and treatment of your ankle pain.

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