Whether you suffer a sports-related injury, develop an overuse strain, or twist your foot while walking on uneven ground, ankle pain can be severe. The physicians at Barrington Orthopedic Specialists are experts in the diverse problems that can affect your ankles, from trauma to degenerative disease. You can prevent complications and have your ankle pain evaluated by booking an appointment online or calling one of their offices in Schaumburg, Bartlett, Elk Grove Village, or Buffalo Grove, Illinois.
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.
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.
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:
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.
You can develop ankle pain and suffer impaired mobility from a variety of tendon injuries or problems, including:
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.
Treatment is always based on the underlying cause of your ankle pain. If your ankle requires surgery, options include:
Please call the team at Barrington Orthopedic Specialists or book an appointment online to receive an expert evaluation and treatment of your ankle pain.