Treat Ankle Pain With Care
When suffering from ankle pain due to an injury or debilitating condition like arthritis, your top priority is finding relief. Returning your foot and ankle to full working order helps you stay active and healthy as you age. That’s why it’s important to choose a doctor who has unique knowledge and training in orthopedics, the medical specialty focused on healthy bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, and related parts of the body.
Your orthopedic surgeon will be happy to tell you when or if ankle sprains, ankle joint degeneration, ankle fractures, and torn ligaments can be treated without surgery.
Nonsurgical ankle treatments may include:
- Ankle boot, splint or brace
- Medication for ankle pain and inflammation
- Physical therapy
- Exercise conditioning
For surgical procedures to address ankle disorders and injuries, ask your Baylor Scott & White Arlington orthopedic ankle surgeon about:
- Ankle fracture surgery
- Ankle fusion
- Ankle joint replacement
- Minimally invasive arthroscopic ankle surgery
- Lateral ankle ligament reconstruction
- Plantar fasciitis surgery
- Achilles tendon surgery
Ankle Fracture Treatments Restore Stability
A broken ankle indicates that your body’s key to stability has fractured into one or more piece. Orthopedic ankle care aims to bind those bones back together, along with the surrounding ligaments and tendons. Your broken ankle may be a simple injury or a complex condition where bones and joints are out of alignment as well as broken.
Other ankle fracture complications may include arthritis, bone infection, compartment syndrome, nerve injury, or blood vessel damage. To assess an ankle fracture, the orthopedic specialist completes full diagnostic testing with equipment such as X-rays, bone scans, CT scans, or MRIs.
Orthopedic surgery to repair ankle fracture often relies on open reduction surgery to put the broken ankles bones back together. Then, internal fixation with metal plates and screws holds the bones in place to allow healing to occur. An alternative procedure could involve ankle tightrope fixation. This implant technology features a fiberwire suture and two buttons to avoid complication with screws
Ankle fusion, also known as arthrodesis, binds the bones of the ankle joint into one solid mass. Orthopedic surgery is needed to install the plates, pins and screws holding the ankle together. Bone grafts may help stabilize the ankle if there is bone loss.
Do You Need Minimally Invasive Arthroscopic Surgery?
Arthroscopic surgery works as a diagnostic tool in many orthopedic ankle conditions. Ankle arthroscopy can also enable the minimally invasive surgery to insert surgical tools through a tiny incision to repair tissue or bone damage. One example is arthroscopic ankle cartilage repair, which is a minimally invasive procedure used to remove damaged cartilage or loose pieces of broken bone causing pain in the ankle joint.
Lateral ankle ligament reconstruction can be done on an outpatient basis with several orthopedic surgery techniques available. The goal of this procedure is to stabilize the ankle with arthroscopic surgery to stitch together existing ligaments or replace ligaments with a tendon woven around the ankle bones.
It’s common to hear about hip and knee replacement surgery, but the same type of procedure can be applied to ankle joints damaged by injury or arthritis. In ankle arthroplasty, the orthopedic surgeon replaces the ankle joint with a prosthetic joint. Joint replacement allows patients to retain mobility in the ankle joint, as opposed to ankle fusion techniques. This option reduces stress on other joints in the lower leg and foot.
As with any surgical procedure, consult your orthopedic surgeon about the potential risk factors when considering arthroscopy , fixation, arthroplasty and similar treatments. To make an appointment with an orthopedic ankle specialist at Baylor Scott & White Orthopedic and Spine Hospital – Arlington, call 855-41-ORTHO.