Nerve & Vascular Testing
Ankle Pain: Just a Sprain?
The ankle is a complex joint that goes under significant stresses managing the leverage of the whole body through a small lever, the foot. It keeps us going through our recreational activities, long hours standing, meeting the demands of each day and remarkably keeping up with our needs. With this force over a relatively small joint surface it is vulnerable to injury during activity; particularly while adapting and managing constant variations of terrain. Frequently just a “sprained ankle” can be much more. With even a subtle twist of the ankle ligaments, tendons, cartilage and bone all are subjected to injury. Some of these are immediately evident while others are delayed weeks and sometimes even years before the true extent of the injury is manifest. Residual discomfort from a previous injury results from fractures in the joint surface, excess scarring and inflamed tissue which jams in the joint with each step. Pain, instability, tenderness, swelling, clicking or popping of the joint while walking or running can limit our activities and our ability to participate in life’s events. This pain needn’t stop us from being involved in and enjoying life when treatment options are available.
With development of new technologies there are many options to permit us to intervene and get you up and moving; restoring your quality of life. Frequently damage to the joint is unable to be seen with standard x-rays. With the help of advanced imaging and arthroscopy we are able to specifically identify the origin of the pain and address it. Often this is done through small incisions leading to faster recoveries. In many instances patients can walk immediately after the procedure.
Advanced biologic research has further advanced our ability to place donor grafts or inject these cartilage tissue replacements and to restore the functionality of an injured joint. Utilizing these leading edge technologies we’re able to get those with previous injuries, residual pain and instability back moving again.