We use our ankles to do almost everything; they are a key feature of our mobility and are among the most used joints in the body. They carry our weight, and absorb the shock of walking, running, jogging and jumping. This also means that our ankles are quite vulnerable to injury, and it is very common to need treatment for a mild to moderate ankle injury at any age, regardless of how active you may be. Playing sports certainly increases the likelihood of ankle injury, but even a simple misstep on uneven ground can cause a sprain. Azalea Orthopedics foot and ankle surgeons sit atop of the premier foot and ankle surgeons in East Texas. They provide ankle injury treatments, surgical and non-surgical solutions designed to help patients recover quickly. Visit our online Education Library for more information about the conditions we treat.
A sprain occurs when any of the three ligaments that hold your ankle in place is stretched too far or tears. Sprains can be mild or severe. If the ligament is stretched too far, it is possible you can walk on it, and you may experience pain, redness or swelling. If the sprain is severe, you may not be able to move it at all. Compression and ice can help a sprain heal, along with rest and elevation. If the sprain is severe, the doctor may recommend an MRI, Ultrasound or CT scan to rule out more severe injury and evaluate the damage.
Also called overuse injuries, these feel similar to sprains but have different causes. A strain can occur when you start to use your ankle differently than before, for example, starting a sport after a long period of inactivity. The symptoms are usually pain localized in the ankle along with redness, swelling and bruising. The injury will not occur during a single incident, but cumulatively as the ankle is overworked in a way it is not accustomed to.
A more severe ankle injury where one of the bones in the ankle is broken or fractured may feel like a sprain but requires different treatment. A fracture can occur from rolling or twisting the ankle, but it can also happen as a result of a high-force impact such as a fall or automobile impact, where shock cannot be absorbed by the joint and the bones crack. A fracture can be displaced, meaning the bones are out of place and must be realigned and stabilized or non-displaced. Treatment of fractures is important to ensure the ankle’s future stability and prevent repeat injury.
Arthritis typically is broken into three categories and refers to the wearing down of joint surfaces. The three types of arthritis are listed below:
- Traumatic arthritis- This type of arthritis usually follows a traumatic injury to the ankle joint.
- Osteoarthritis- The most common form of arthritis, Osteoarthritis is typically associated with age and family history.
- Inflammatory arthritis- When the joint and cartilage wear away from the joint, it’s referred to as Inflammatory arthritis.
There are several treatment options for arthritis. Two common surgical operations are ankle fusions and total ankle replacements. Ankle fusions are………… Total ankle replacements are a great option for active young patients……
Torn ligaments have different grades in severity. Sometimes these tears require surgical intervention.
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