Ankle pain in patients is most commonly associated with trauma and sports-related injuries, such as a fracture, or an injury to the ligaments of the ankle, such as a sprain. However, agitation and discomfort may also occur due to overuse injuries, which can range from mild joint pain to Achilles tendonitis (medically referred to as tendinitis) affecting the Achilles tendon.
When to See an Ankle Doctor Near You
If you think you may be suffering from an ankle injury or condition and/or are experiencing any of the symptoms listed below, it may be time to visit a foot and ankle specialist.
- Sudden intense pain
- Pain when you’re NOT bearing weight
- Pain that persists for more than two weeks
- Swelling that persists or worsens after 2 – 3 days
- Limited range of motion due to stiffness, weakness, or swelling
You should also seek medical treatment with an ankle specialist if you begin to feel feverish or if the area reddens, becomes warmer, and/or feels even more sensitive, as these are signs of an infection. Due to the constant stress and frequency of use, ankle pain generally does not subside without treatment.
Common ankle orthopaedic conditions and injuries patients suffer from include:
- Achilles tendon injuries
- Ankle arthritis
- Ankle fractures
- Ankle sprains
- Ankle tendonitis
At Flagstaff Bone & Joint, our specialty-trained orthopaedic doctor understands that proper diagnosis is paramount in determining the most effective treatment plan to care for your individual condition.
To consult with our orthopaedic doctor specializing in the ankle at Flagstaff Bone & Joint in Flagstaff, Cottonwood, and Kingman – Hualapai Mountain, please request an appointment online or call (928) 773-2280.
Why choose Flagstaff Bone & Joint?
At Flagstaff Bone & Joint, our ankle specialist is a recognized expert in the diagnosis and treatment of ankle injuries and conditions. Dr. Kevin O'Donnell has the experience and expertise to assess, diagnose, and treat your ankle injury or condition individually to your needs.
Contact us to consult with our orthopaedic ankle doctor at Flagstaff Bone & Joint and learn of the treatment options available by requesting an appointment online or calling (928) 773-2280.
Patient Education: Tips for Healthy Joints
As the connections between your bones, joints will sustain a certain amount of wear and tear as we age. Remaining pain- and arthritis-free requires practicing good joint preservation techniques. The following techniques will help you to treat your joints with care as they age.
Every day, move each joint through its full range of motion to sustain mobility and freedom from pain. Make sure your movements are slow and gentle to avoid injury, and be careful not to overextend.
Be sure to extend and flex your joints in the manner for which they are intended. Avoid overextending or stressful positions as well as techniques that could put you at risk for injury.
The manner in which you carry your body has a significant impact on whether your joints will remain pain-free. Practice good posture by adjusting work spaces to your specifications. Avoid back pain by picking items up using your legs, not your lower back. When carrying heavy objects, be sure to cradle the items close to your body.
Favor the larger joints. Use the weaker joints for duties only they can handle. Using your hands, carry objects palm open to help distribute weight equally over your forearm. If available, make use of surfaces around you. Instead of lifting an object, slide the object across a surface like a table or workbench.
Avoid keeping your joints in the same position for a prolonged period of time. This will help to keep your joints from becoming stiff. In situations where this cannot be avoided, such as car rides, take a break every hour to stretch and adjust your seating position.