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Ankle Pain Specialist

Non-Surgical Orthopedic Center

Orthopedics & Physical Medicine located in Oceanside, CA

It only takes a mild sprain to result in excruciating ankle pain, but even a minor injury should receive medical care to prevent future problems like chronic ankle instability. Bryan Hawkins, DO, and the team at Non-Surgical Orthopedic Center have extensive experience getting to the cause of your ankle pain and providing multimodal treatment that relieves symptoms and restores your ankle. If you have ankle pain, call the office in Oceanside, California, or book an appointment online today.

Ankle Pain Q&A

What commonly causes ankle pain?

The most common cause of ankle pain is a sprain, which occurs when one or more of the ligaments supporting your ankle are stretched or torn. Twisting your ankle, falling, or landing awkwardly on your foot can all result in an ankle sprain.

Your risk of a sprained ankle is highest when you participate in activities that require quick, cutting actions, such as basketball, tennis, football, and soccer. Beyond a sprain, ankle pain is frequently caused by a fracture, arthritis, and Achilles tendinitis.

What symptoms develop in addition to ankle pain?

The underlying conditions responsible for ankle pain usually cause additional symptoms such as: 

  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Instability
  • Numbness in your toes
  • Inability to put weight on the affected ankle

If your symptoms are severe or the swelling and pain last longer than a few days, it’s important to have your ankle examined by the team at Non-Surgical Orthopedic Center. Without proper treatment for an ankle injury, you’re likely to develop chronic ankle instability.

What should I know about chronic ankle instability?

Ligaments are responsible for stabilizing your ankle joint. When you continue to use a sprained ankle without giving the ligament time to heal, it never regains its normal strength. Without proper treatment, the injured ligament progressively weakens. As a result, the ligament becomes susceptible to recurring sprains, a condition called chronic instability.

How is my ankle pain treated?

The underlying cause and the severity of the problem determine how your ankle is treated. Your doctor at Non-Surgical Orthopedic Center evaluates your ankle and checks for foot injuries that often occur together with an ankle injury. If you have a sprain, the extent of your ligament damage is graded. 

After the cause of your ankle pain is diagnosed, your Non-Surgical Orthopedic Center doctor develops a customized treatment plan to reduce inflammation, relieve your pain, and stabilize the ankle while it heals.

You may benefit from several treatments that accelerate healing, such as platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and stem cell injections. As soon as the swelling goes down, the team at Non-Surgical Orthopedic Center develops a stretching and rehabilitation plan to improve your ankle’s strength, range of motion, and flexibility.

If you need relief from ankle pain, call Non-Surgical Orthopedic Center today or schedule an appointment online.

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