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Our ankle doctor is a recognized expert in the field and has the specialized knowledge to assess, diagnose, and treat a full range of injuries and conditions with nonsurgical and surgical treatments.
The ankle is a vulnerable joint and is often injured. This results in ankle pain commonly associated with trauma and sports-related injuries, such as a fracture or ligament injury, including twisted ankles and sprains. Although ankle pain can also be caused by overuse, which may begin as mild joint pain and can become more severe if a patient does not seek medical care.
Know When It’s Time to See an Ankle Doctor
If your ankle pain is severe or if are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should contact an ankle doctor near you:
- Intense pain that comes on suddenly
- Pain even when you’re not walking or bearing weight
- Pain when you bend your foot down
- Experiencing pain for more than two weeks
- Swelling around the ankle that persists or gets worse after 2 – 3 days
- Limited range of motion due to stiffness, weakness, or swelling
You should also seek medical care if you have a fever or if your skin reddens, becomes warmer, and/or becomes more sensitive as you could have an infection. Because most people use their ankles constantly throughout the day, ankle pain usually does not go away unless it is properly diagnosed and treated by an ankle doctor which may include surgery.
Common orthopaedic conditions and injuries that affect the ankle and can be treated with both nonsurgical and surgical treatments include:
- Achilles tendon injuries
- Ankle arthritis
- Ankle fractures and stress fractures
- Ankle sprains and twisted ankle
- Ankle tendonitis
- Bone spurs
- Posterior tibial tendon dysfunction
At Vail-Summit Orthopaedics, our specialty-trained ankle doctor understands the first step towards reducing your pain and restoring you to better health is a proper diagnosis to pinpoint the specific cause of your pain and the most effective treatment for your individual needs and in some cases, this may include ankle surgery.
Why choose Vail-Summit Orthopaedics?
With years of experience and advanced training devoted to orthopaedic ankle care, our esteemed ankle specialist at Vail-Summit Orthopaedics is an unparalleled expert in accurately diagnosing and effectively treating ankle injuries and conditions.
Our orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. John Paul Elton, has the knowledge, proficiency, and skill to accurately diagnose and effectively treat your injury or condition so you can get back to your active lifestyle quickly and safely.
To consult with our board-certified ankle surgeon at Vail-Summit Orthopaedics, please request an appointment online. You can also learn more about the ankle conditions we treat through our patient education resources.
Tips for Healthy Ankles
Over your lifetime, you use your joints hundreds of thousands of times, as you go through your daily activities. Because of this, as you get older, joints often begin to show signs of wear and tear. However, there are steps you can take to help increase your chances of staying pain-free. Here are some techniques you can use to help protect your joints—including your ankle joints.
Rotate Your Joints Daily
Each morning, slowly move each ankle joint through a full range of motion
Extend and Flex
Each morning, extend and flex your ankle joints back and forth, in the way they are intended. Make sure not to overextend or move them into positions that could put you at risk for injury.
Avoid Joint Stiffness
Be sure to move your ankle joints periodically throughout the day, especially if you tend to be in one position for a long time, such as sitting in an office chair. This small, regular practice will help keep your ankle joints from becoming stiff. In situations where it is hard to move frequently, such as during plane trips, take regular breaks to stand and move as well as flex and rotate your ankles.