Your ankles bear the weight of your entire body while also providing your mobility, so any injury or pain in your ankles can have a debilitating impact on your entire life. As a specialist in orthopaedics and sports medicine, Dr. Steven Gorin at the Institute of Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics in North Miami, Florida, treats a host of ankle problems using the latest techniques. If you’re tired of being sidelined from your daily activities by ankle pain, call or book an appointment online today.
If you consider the size of your ankle relative to the rest of your body, you begin to understand the amazing engineering behind this joint.
Your ankle, which provides movement and stability, is made up of:
These components work together like a hinge, giving you mobility while providing the necessary strength to carry your body.
Due to the enormous amount of pressure your ankles are under, it’s not surprising that they’re susceptible to pain and injury, including:
Ankle pain can be caused by an acute injury, or develop over time due to wear and tear and repetitive stresses.
At the first signs of ankle pain you should turn to the RICE treatment:
The goal of RICE is to reduce any swelling as quickly as possible. If your ankle hasn’t improved after 24-48 hours, or it’s worsened, it’s time to make an appointment with Dr. Gorin.
As a sports medicine specialist, Dr. Gorin has seen his fair share of ankle injuries and chronic problems. To come up with the best treatment plan for your situation and goals, Dr. Gorin reviews your symptoms and uses diagnostic imaging to determine your next steps, which may include:
If you have a soft tissue injury, such as an Achilles tendon tear or ankle sprain, you need to be patient and allow your tissue time to heal. If you have a fracture, Dr. Gorin may have to surgically repair it, or he may simply stabilize your ankle with a cast or boot.
If you’re active and your Achilles tendon is ruptured, the best treatment is for Dr. Gorin to repair it arthroscopically.
To explore your options for treating ankle pain, call the Institute of Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics or schedule a consultation online today.