When an ankle is injured, highly specialized treatment is important for proper healing without complications. Since your ankle bears the weight of the entire body and allow you to walk, run, and stand, your ankle is prone to injury and pain.
Ankle pain or discomfort in your ankles is usually caused by an injury like a sprain or by a medical condition, like arthritis.
Some of the most common ankle conditions that cause pain or discomfort include:
- Ankle Arthritis
- Ankle Tendinitis
- Achilles Tendon Rupture
- Ankle Fracture
- Ankle Sprains
Ankle arthritis is a degenerative condition also known as osteoarthritis. It can cause pain, stiffness, and disability of the ankles. The protective cartilage in the ankle begins to wear away over time, eventually causing the bones in the ankle to rub against each other. Ankle arthritis can be just as disabling as hip arthritis, but it is not as well-known as other types of arthritis.
Ankle arthritis tends to affect a younger population because it often develops after an ankle injury like a fracture. Conditions like flat feet and even repetitive ankle sprains can also lead to degeneration of the ankle joints over time. Learn More
Achilles tendinitis is a very common injury of the lower extremities and is most common among athletic patients, particularly runners.
The Achilles tendon connects the calf muscles to the heel and is the largest tendon in the body. We use our Achilles tendons during many activities, like walking, running, climbing stairs, and jumping. Achilles tendons can take on a great deal of stress, but they are also susceptible to inflammation. This inflammation is known as Achilles tendinitis.
If you are experiencing pain or discomfort in your ankle, contact Summit Orthopaedics at (503) 850-9940 to schedule an appointment with one of our foot surgeons.
Our ankle surgeons specialize in ankle conditions and are experts in their field in both surgical and non-surgical interventions. They provide thorough and accurate diagnoses and recommend the best treatment for your condition to assure maximal recovery.