Ankle pain can occur from a variety of factors, but most often, pain in this area is attributed to trauma or injuries endured in sports, such as an ankle fracture. Additionally, ligaments in the ankle may be injured, leading to sprains.
Patients may encounter pain, discomfort, or agitation in the ankle because of overuse injuries. These can include less serious conditions like mild joint pain as well as more complex issues like Achilles tendonitis (also known as tendinitis).
If you believe you may be suffering from an ankle injury or condition, you may find yourself experiencing some of the symptoms below. If so, it is recommended to speak with an ankle specialist in St. Thomas, St. Croix, St. John, or one of our Virgin Islands locations.
- Intense pain that comes on suddenly
- Pain in the ankle even when you are not bearing weight
- Pain in the ankle that lasts for more than two weeks
- Swelling that continues or gets worse after two or three days
- Limited range of motion caused by swelling, weakness, or stiffness
Some patients experience redness in the ankle area or notice that this area tends to become warm or feel more sensitive than before. These symptoms can also accompany a generally feverish feeling. If you are experiencing these symptoms, it is important to consult with an ankle doctor, as these symptoms are common signals of an infection.
In general, ankle pain must be addressed with treatment in order to be reduced or cured. Since the ankle is consistently used and is often under stress, it is nearly impossible for it to heal itself. Comprehensive Orthopaedic Global is proud to employ a team of experienced ankle doctors who can properly diagnose the cause of your ankle pain and create a thorough, effective, and individualized treatment plan.
Many ankle issues can be treated with a comprehensive plan from a specialist. However, in some cases, it may be necessary to undergo ankle surgery. You will work closely with a surgeon to determine the best course of action for your activity level, age, and condition.
Some patients experience an ankle fusion procedure, which is often recommended for younger patients with active lifestyles. Other patients, particularly those who are less active or are older, may undergo a full ankle replacement. Either surgery aims to restore proper movement in the ankle and allow the patient to return to their regular daily activities.
Why Choose Comprehensive Orthopaedic Global?
Comprehensive Orthopaedic Global has taken great care to select ankle surgeons for our team that are specifically trained in dealing with the foot and ankle. Dr. Brian Bacot and Dr. Janet Lewis both have years of experience in the treatment of various ankle conditions, allowing them to properly assess, diagnosis, and treat your ankle injury. As part of your ankle pain treatment program, our surgeons work in tandem with our physical therapists of COG Restore. These professional therapists can help you achieve a smooth and effective transition to rehab and reach a full recovery.
To speak with an ankle surgeon on our team here at Comprehensive Orthopaedic Global in the Virgin Islands, please request an appointment using our online portal or contact us via phone at (340) 779-2663.