Ankle injuries come in numerous varieties. In fact, over one million people visit the ER each year due to ankle injuries. Most ankle injuries also occur when the ankle is moved too far out of its typical position.
Some of the most common causes of ankle pain include fractures, sprains, and strains.
- Ankle Sprains- Ankle ligaments are stretched past their normal operating range. Spains range from minor micro-tears to a complete tear of ligaments in the ankle.
- Ankle Strains- Ankle muscles or tendons are stretched beyond their normal operating range and are damaged.
- Fractures- Any number of ankle bones are broken.
Ankle strains come in two general varieties, acute strains, and accumulating strains. Accumulating strains or "tendinosis" occur when the muscle tissue in an ankle cannot heal properly after each small injury.
Due to the numerous ways an ankle can become injured, ankle fractures can be mistaken for sprains. If you are experiencing unusual ankle pain or cannot walk on your foot, please contact us to ensure you do not have a more severe injury.
How We Can Help
When you visit us, Dr. Hayden will first inspect your ankle. Many times, an ankle injury is temporary and only rest is needed. If Dr. Hayden suspects a more serious injury, he might order an x-ray of the area. We have a convenient x-ray system at our practice to expedite this process. If an x-ray still does not provide Dr. Hayden with a solid answer, he might order other tests including a MRI.
Once Dr. Hayden diagnoses your ankle pain, he will prescribe one of two main solutions. A mild injury might only require a short rest period, while a moderate ankle injury can often be treated with rest and an immobilizing brace. Dr. Hayden could recommend surgery as an option for severe ankle injuries. Dr. Hayden is well-trained in various arthroscopic surgeries which often help decrease recovery periods. Contact us and we will do our best to assist you in making the right decision for the health of your ankle.