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Ankle Pain Specialist

Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists

Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Specialist located in Manassas, VA & Haymarket, VA

Your ankle is a complex joint containing numerous parts that must work together to maintain a normal gait for walking or running. Because of its complexity and mobility, ankles are prone to injury and pain. Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists offers advanced diagnostic testing and treatment for ankle pain and can provide the precise care needed to ease pain and restore function. To get the expert care you need for your ankle pain, call the office in Manassas or Haymarket, Virginia.

Ankle Pain Q & A

What is ankle pain?

Ankle pain is common and refers to any type of discomfort you experience in or around this complex joint. The severity of your pain may depend on the underlying cause and may range from a dull ache to a sharp pain anytime you bear weight on the affected ankle. You may also experience swelling, redness, or decreased range of motion.

No matter the symptoms, you should not ignore ankle pain. Without proper treatment, the underlying cause of your pain may worsen and delay your recovery or lead to long-term problems. 

What causes ankle pain?

Your ankle pain may develop from a variety of causes. Ankle sprains are the most common cause of ankle pain and occur if you roll, twist, or turn your foot or ankle in an awkward position. Your awkward movement overstretches or tears the ligaments that connect your ankle bones. 

Other causes of ankle pain include:

  • Arthritis
  • Fractures
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Ankle impingement
  • Peroneal tendinitis
  • Peroneal tendon subluxation
  • Ankle syndesmosis injury

You may also experience pain in your ankle as a result of shin splints.

Ankle pain may affect anyone at any time. However, athletes are especially prone to ankle pain and injuries due to the extra stress placed on the joint and greater potential for twisting or rolling of the ankle. 

What can I expect during an ankle pain evaluation?

Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists takes a patient-centered approach to care and performs thorough evaluations, so you get the most accurate diagnosis. During your ankle pain evaluation, your provider asks detailed questions about your symptoms and the activity that caused your ankle pain. They also review your medical history and then closely examine your ankle.

To confirm or rule out a suspected diagnosis, your provider may request X-rays, which are available at the office. 

How is ankle pain treated?

Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists develops individualized treatment plans for your ankle pain based on the underlying cause, the severity of your symptoms, and your overall health. Dedicated to patient education, your provider spends time talking to you about your diagnosis and the recommended treatments so you can make the most informed decision about your care. 

Your treatment plan may include:

  • Rest, ice, compression, elevation
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Activity modification
  • Ankle brace
  • Physical therapy

If non-surgical treatments fail to improve your ankle pain or the underlying cause of your pain is severe, you may need surgery. Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists perform many ankle surgeries, including ankle replacement, ankle fusion, and arthroscopic procedures to repair muscle, tendon, or ligament injuries. 

Ankle pain is common and requires medical management to prevent future complications. For expert care for your ankle pain, call Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists.