The ankle is an impressive joint. In can bend up and down, rotate side to side, or even roll in a circle. We use it for everything from standing still to jumping around—any sort of movement that involves the feet. Without it, you would not be able to push off the ground to move forward. When the ankle becomes compromised from an injury, you feel the loss. Not only is it painful, but the weakness and inability to support your body weight inhibits your mobility and interrupts your activities. Suddenly taking a step forward is more difficult and you have to compensate.
Damage to a joint that carries as much weight and is used as frequently as the ankle is common, but even so, it should never be ignored. It needs to be treated right away to ensure proper healing and avoid an injury that could have long-term repercussions. Some of the most common ankle problems include:
Sprains can happen to anyone. They occur whenever the foot rotates or twists outside of its normal range of motion, which can happen when the foot lands incorrectly or strikes uneven ground. The force of the landing over-stretches or tears the ligaments and tendons that stabilize the ankle. Without treatment, the damaged tissues could cause pain and problems later.
Chronic Lateral Ankle Pain
This ongoing discomfort on the outside part of the ankle often develops after an injury like an ankle sprain or a fracture. The joint becomes weaker as a result of the damage, especially if it is a repeated problem or the original injury didn’t heal correctly.
This condition develops when a section of cartilage in the ankle joint begins to pull away from the bone due to a lack of sufficient blood flow. As the cartilage pulls away, it can remove chips of bone with it. Sometimes these lesions can detach and slide down into the joint, causing stiffness and limiting the range of motion.
Without proper treatment, you run the risk of your ankle joint healing incorrectly, leaving you vulnerable to other conditions in the future. Repeated sprains, arthritis, tendinitis, nerve damage, and scar tissue buildup are common complications that can develop. Fortunately, Dr. Sanjay Patel is experienced in treating injuries to the ankle joint and can help you properly remedy your condition the first time, avoiding the additional issues. If you do happen to develop a complication, or if you didn’t seek treatment for the original problem, he is able to help you manage your discomfort and repair the damage done to the tissues in the joint.
Even though injuries to the structures in the ankle are very common, you shouldn’t take them for granted. They can severely limit your mobility and lead to long-term pain that interrupts your activities. Rather than pushing through the discomfort and hoping it will get better on its own, contact the experts at Family Foot Care & Surgery, L.L.C. for an appointment or more information and restore your ankle to full strength. Call either of our two offices—(203) 876-7736 for the Milford location, or (203) 288-4055 for the Hamden office—or visit the online contact page to reach us.