Ankle Pain - Frisco, Plano TX

Ankle Pain is a common musculoskeletal injury that affect ligaments present supporting the ankle joint. The condition causes the ligaments to partially or completely tear, resulting in severe pain and stretching of the ankle. Ankle Pain can occur on inner as well as outer section of the ankle joint.

Causes of Ankle Pain

The most common cause of Ankle Pain is weakness of the ankle joint which can be due to a previous ankle injury which has not fully recoverd. The pain may also result from sudden twisting or bending of the ankle while performing a sports activity. Stepping on an uneven surface may also lead to pain in the ankle. In addition, medical conditions such as Arthritis, Tendonitis, Sprains, Achilles Tendonitis, Fractures, Gout etc may also cause Ankle Pain.

Symptoms of Ankle Pain

You must seek immediate medical attention from your orthopedic doctor, if you see the following symptoms:
  • Popping sensation at the time of injury
  • Immediate swelling in the affected area
  • Inability to walk comfortably on the affected foot
  • Severe Ankle pain at night or while resting
  • Persistent Ankle pain
  • Inability to bend the ankle
  • Redness, warmth in/around the affected ankle

Treatment for Ankle Pain

The treatment method depends on the cause of the pain. Therefore, before beginning treatment, it is important to consult a foot and ankle surgeon and know about the cause and severity of your condition. Some common treatments for Ankle Pain are listed below:

  • Rest: Provide ample rest the ankle joint, and allow the inflammation to subside. Taking rest is often enough to relieve the pain. But if the symptoms are severe, crutches may be recommended by the foot doctor.
  • Orthotics and Braces: Depending on the type of injury, brace fittings, or orthotics may provide relief.
  • Ice and Heat Application: Ice packs and heat pads are among the most common treatments used to treat Ankle Pain.
  • Physical Therapy: Physical therapists use different modalities to increase strength, regain mobility, and help return patients to their pre-injury level of activity.
  • Anti-Inflammatory Medication: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications are some of the most commonly prescribed medications, specially for patients with ankle pain caused by medical conditions like Arthritis and Tendonitis.
  • Arthroscopic Surgery: Arthroscopic ankle surgery may be a treatment option for certain types of ankle pain. The procedure involves inserting a small camera inside the joint via other small incisions. Small instruments are inserted into the injured area to repair or remove damaged structures. This is also termed as minimal invasive surgery.

To schedule an appointment with the foot and ankle surgeon - Dr. Desai, call (972) 985 -1072 (Plano) and (214) 618 - 5503 (Frisco TX)