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Ankle Pain

Utah Orthopaedics

Orthopedic Surgeons & Physical Therapy located in Ogden, UT

If arthritis has damaged your ankle joint or left it unstable, you can find help at Utah Orthopaedics. Their team of experienced orthopaedic specialists offers comprehensive diagnostic testing and treatment of arthritis and other common causes of chronic ankle pain. They specialize in conservative treatments like joint injections and physical therapy to provide long-lasting relief from ankle pain. Their surgeons also offer minimally invasive, arthroscopic ankle repair surgery, including joint replacements, to increase the function of your ankle joint. Call the office in Ogden, Utah, today or go online to schedule a diagnostic evaluation for ankle pain.

Ankle Pain Q&A

What causes ankle pain?

Acute ankle pain can result from sprains and strains of the soft tissue surrounding your ankle joint. This pain can also be caused by twisting your ankle, overusing the joint during sports and other physical activity, and putting excess weight on it.

Chronic ankle pain is pain that lasts longer than six months. It can result from a severe injury to your ankle joint in a fall or auto accident or from underlying degenerative conditions brought on by age.

The most common causes of ankle pain include:

  • Gout (arthritis most commonly found in the big toe joint)
  • Fractures
  • Bursitis
  • Tendinitis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Joint instability
  • Achilles tendon rupture

Chronic ankle pain can also be caused by being flat-footed or other abnormalities in your foot’s structure.

When should I seek treatment for ankle pain?

You should schedule a diagnostic evaluation with the team at Utah Orthopaedics for ankle pain if you have ankle pain that doesn’t get better with home care and rest. You’ll also need an evaluation if you suffer from ankle pain that lasts longer than six months.

The orthopaedic specialists offer on-site diagnostic testing to identify the root cause of your pain. You might need X-rays to confirm a fracture or an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) to determine severe osteoarthritis damage to your ankle joint.

Based on the results of these tests and a physical exam of your ankle joint, the Utah Orthopaedics team will design a customized treatment plan. The treatment goal is to relieve chronic pain and improve your ankle joint’s function.

How is ankle pain treated?

Your initial ankle pain treatment usually involves conservative therapies like oral medications, joint injections, and physical therapy.

Other treatment choices for ankle pain include:

Regenerative medicine

Utah Orthopaedics offers regenerative medicine therapies, using platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections and stem cell injections. Both treatments kick-start your body’s natural healing process, helping your ankle joint heal from the inside out.

Arthroscopic surgery

If you’ve suffered severe ankle fractures or have degenerative damage from arthritis, the orthopaedic surgeons can use arthroscopic ankle surgery to repair the ankle joint and restore its function.

You may also benefit from a partial or total joint replacement surgery. This procedure replaces damaged joint structures with artificial pieces that work just like your natural joint.

Rehabilitative therapy

If you need ankle surgery, the Utah Orthopaedics team will recommend physical therapy or another rehabilitative therapy. These services restore your joint’s function and increase the efficiency of the healing process.

Call Utah Orthopaedics today or go online to schedule a diagnostic evaluation for chronic ankle pain.