Strong Ankles Keep You Moving
Ankle sprains are the most commonly reported sports injuries, also affecting non-athletes of all ages. Other disorders and injuries also have the potential to limit your mobility.
Some of the painful ankle conditions diagnosed and treated at Baylor Scott & White Orthopedic and Spine Hospital – Arlington include:
- Broken ankle
- Stress fracture
- Sprained ankle
- Torn ligaments
- High ankle sprain
- Plantar fasciitis
- Weak ankles
- Osteochondritis dessicans
- Ankle instability
Understand Causes of Ankle Pain
A sprain refers to a twisted, bruised or torn ligament in the ankle. These ligaments surrounding the ankle joint and maintaining its stability as you move, limiting unnecessary side-to-side movement. Sprained ankles are graded on a scale from Grade 1 (mild) to Grade 3 (severe). Orthopedic specialists assess ankle sprains based on whether the ligament is slightly stretched, partially torn, or completely torn away from the ankle bone.
More acute ankle sprains may exhibit additional swelling and loose ankle joint movement. Repeated injury to the ankle can result in chronic ankle pain, arthritis, and ankle instability over time. Follow your ortho doctor’s guidance to rest the ankle, reduce swelling, and stabilize the joint so that you can return to normal activities in a few weeks.
A broken ankle may involve a partial or complete fracture in the ankle bone. Ankle fractures can be caused by a twisting injury, impact injury, a fall or repetitive stress on the ankle. Baylor Scott & White Arlington offers a 24-hour orthopedic emergency department to treat acute injuries such as ankle fractures. Sports medicine and ortho specialists use X-ray and other diagnostic imaging equipment to assess the damage to the ankle bone and joint.
Weak ankles or chronic ankle instability may be genetic or the result of repeated ankle injuries that leave you with torn tendons, osteoarthritis, inflamed joint lining, damaged cartilage, scar tissue, or bone fragments inside the joint. Non-invasive treatment options can help, but orthopedic surgery may be recommended.
Ankle pain could also be related to Achilles tendon conditions such as tendinitis, tendinosis, Haglund’s syndrome, paratenonitis, peroneal tendinosis, and insertional Achilles tendinitis. Procedures to treat these types of ankle disorders may be nonsurgic al or surgical in nature.
Consult Orthopedic Specialists for Ankle Care
When you experience ankle pain, your ability to move is limited and your overall health suffers as a result. Speak to an orthopedic specialist at Baylor Scott & White Orthopedic and Spine Hospital – Arlington to get expert care. Visit our emergency department if your injury seems severe, or call 855-41-ORTHO to set up an appointment with the ankle care team in advance.