Treating Ankle Pain
When a condition threatens the mobility and stability of the ankle, it’s very important to get to the root cause and begin an effective plan for treatment or management of symptoms.
We will conduct a full examination of your symptoms, and will very likely ask for your medical history as well, depending upon the situation. Some ankle conditions or weaknesses can be hereditary in nature, so knowing whether anyone else in your family has had ankle problems can be useful data. We may also test your gait to see how forces are being distributed across your ankles and feet.
Some causes of ankle pain, such as sprains, can heal with proper rest and immobilization. More chronic cases, such as arthritis, will likely require regular management of symptoms. In all cases, the goals are to provide as much pain relief as possible, as well as to improve or maintain mobility of the ankle.
Hylaronic acid injections: Products such as Synvisc and Orthovisc have been used in knees for years. We, at Advanced Foot and Ankle Centers of Illinois, have been using these in the ankles for many years with great results. They provide cushion in the joint and help heal the inside of the joint called the synovium.
Ankle Arthroscopy: The video is of a 29-year-old male. This patient broke his ankle 3 years prior and had it repaired surgically while in the Army. The patient is very athletic and was running and doing amateur MMA. Patient states that he always had some pain in his ankle after activities and during higher impact athletics. After conservative treatments such as cortisone injection, ankle braces, orthotics and physical therapy failed, we decided to perform the ankle arthroscopy. The procedure took about 30 minutes and the patient was able to bear weight right after the surgery in a walking boot.
The surgery cleaned up the joint and removed the fibrous bands and scar tissue from the trauma of the broken ankle. These things can accumulate from repeated ankle sprains, prolonged “wear and tear” and traumatic ankle fractures.