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At Vail-Summit Orthopaedics, our specialty-trained ankle doctor is the leading expert in assessing, diagnosing, and treating ankle injuries and conditions.

Though most commonly the result of acute trauma or sports-related injuries, such as fractures and sprains, ankle pain can also be caused by overuse. Overuse injuries of the ankle typically result in agitation and discomfort, ranging from mild joint pain to Achilles tendonitis (medically referred to as tendinitis).

If you think you are suffering from an ankle injury or condition, it may be time to seek treatment.

Consult a foot and ankle specialist if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • Sudden intense pain
  • Pain when you’re not bearing weight
  • Pain that lingers for more than two weeks
  • Localized swelling that persists or worsens after 2 – 3 days
  • Stiffness or weakness restricting your range of motion

Additionally, if you develop a fever or experience increased pain, swelling, redness, or warmth around the affected area, seek immediate treatment from a foot and ankle specialist, as these symptoms may indicate an infection.

Ankle pain typically does not subside without proper treatment due to constant weight bearing, stress, and frequency of use. Committed to delivering specialized and compassionate foot and ankle care, the ankle doctor at Vail-Summit Orthopaedics understands that an accurate diagnosis is crucial in determining the most effective course of treatment for your individual condition.

To consult with our ankle doctor at Vail-Summit Orthopaedics, please request an appointment online.

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Why choose Vail-Summit Orthopaedics?

With years of experience and advanced training devoted to the orthopaedic care of the ankle, our esteemed ankle specialist at Vail-Summit Orthopaedics is an unparalleled expert in accurately diagnosing and effectively treating ankle injuries and conditions.

Our ankle surgeon, Dr. John Paul Elton, has the knowledge, proficiency, and skill to accurately diagnose and effectively treat your ankle injury or condition so you can get back to your active lifestyle quickly and safely.

To consult with our ankle surgeon at Vail-Summit Orthopaedics, please request an appointment online.

Tips for Healthy Joints

As the connections between your bones, joints will sustain a certain amount of wear and tear as we age. Remaining pain- and arthritis-free requires practicing good joint preservation techniques. The following techniques will help you to treat your joints with care as they age.

Movement

Every day, move each joint through its full range of motion to sustain mobility and freedom from pain. Make sure your movements are slow and gentle to avoid injury, and be careful not to overextend.

Use

Be sure to extend and flex your joints in the manner for which they are intended. Avoid overextending or stressful positions as well as techniques that could put you at risk for injury.

Posture

The manner in which you carry your body has a significant impact on whether your joints will remain pain-free. Practice good posture by adjusting work spaces to your specifications. Avoid back pain by picking items up using your legs, not your lower back. When carrying heavy objects, be sure to cradle the items close to your body.

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Favor the larger joints. Use the weaker joints for duties only they can handle. Using your hands, carry objects palm open to help distribute weight equally over your forearm. If available, make use of surfaces around you. Instead of lifting an object, slide the object across a surface like a table or workbench.

Stay Active

Avoid keeping your joints in the same position for a prolonged period of time. This will help to keep your joints from becoming stiff. In situations where this cannot be avoided, such as car rides, take a break every hour to stretch and adjust your seating position.