Why Do My Ankles Continue to Hurt?
It can be easy to take the ankle for granted given the relative ease at which it helps us walk every day. However, at the fundamental level the ankle is a magnificently complex device; a joint allowing for a great range of motion while surrounding ligaments hold its forces in balance. Only when something goes wrong do we begin to recognize all that goes into keeping our ankles functioning optimally. Chronic ankle pain, instability, and swelling can make for a miserable time.
An ankle sprain is the injury most people think of first when discussing ankle problems. It is a very common occurrence, with about 25,000 people suffering from it every day. A bad step or foot roll can cause the ligaments around the ankle joint to become overstretched or even tear. Many minor cases will heal well enough with minimal care, but the ligaments can stretch out of alignment or balance if the injury does not heal properly.
Other conditions such as fractures and arthritis can also cause long-term ankle pain and weakness. At California Foot & Ankle Institute, we specialize in the anatomy and function of the ankle. Having treated hundreds of similar cases, our doctors know what to look for where others may not.
Ankle Pain - A Patient's Story
We seek to address your ankle problems with treatments that are as conservative and minimally invasive as possible. While full surgery may be required in some cases, we do not opt for it unless it is absolutely necessary.
Seeing ankle pain or instability as a normal or unavoidable part of life is not only an incorrect way of thinking; it is a dangerous one. Ankle injuries that don’t receive full, proper treatment can contribute to new injuries down the road, resulting in even worse chronic pain. This can lead to a condition known as chronic ankle instability. The sooner that ankle problems are addressed, the more effective treatments tend to be.