Ankle pain involves one of the most important joints in your body — so to get back on your feet, you need expert care quickly. At North Point Orthopaedics, with offices in Munster and Crown Point, Indiana, the leading Northwest Indiana orthopedic specialists offer the most innovative high-tech ankle pain treatments to stabilize your ankle, end your pain, and help you heal. Book your appointment by calling the office in your area or by clicking the provided online scheduling link now.

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What causes ankle pain?

Ankle sprains are the most common injuries among all age groups, and they’re also the most common cause of ankle pain. A sprain occurs when the ankle twists, bends, or folds in an abnormal way. This movement stretches the ligaments of the inner or outer ankle, sometimes causing a tear. Ankle sprains can cause severe ankle pain, especially if you tear a ligament. Other issues can cause ankle pain as well, including:

  • Arthritis: Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, and other types
  • Fractures
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome: Nerve entrapment
  • Tendonitis: Tendon inflammation
  • Infections
  • Bursitis: Joint inflammation

Some ankle injuries can occur simultaneously. For example, arthritis and bursitis can affect your ankle joint at the same time.

When do I need medical care for ankle pain?

If you have severe ankle pain, difficulty standing, or an ankle that feels unstable, call North Point Orthopaedics right away. Severe ankle pain isn’t normal; it’s a sign of bone or soft tissue damage that might not heal properly unless you get treatment. For example, an untreated ankle sprain takes longer to heal, and even after it seemingly heals, you have a higher risk of similar injuries in the future. Even if you have milder ankle pain or occasional ankle pain, it’s important to get medical help if the pain persists for more than a few days. You depend on your ankle joint to help you get around, so ignoring ankle pain could compromise your long-term mobility.

How is ankle pain treated?

Ankle pain treatment is specific to the underlying condition or injury. For milder ankle issues, your provider at North Point Orthopaedics may recommend rest, immobilization (bracing or splinting), and anti-inflammatory medication. Ankle pain tied to soft tissue injuries can respond very positively to precision medicine treatments like platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and stem cell injections. Both of these approaches are nonsurgical and offer remarkable healing using natural substances from the human body. If you have a serious ankle injury or severe joint degeneration, surgery may be the best approach. North Point Orthopaedics offers a broad range of the most advanced surgical approaches, including:

  • InternalBrace™ stabilization
  • TightRope™ flexible internal fixation
  • External hardware fixation as needed
  • Ankle fusion
  • Ankle replacement

The surgeons use minimally invasive approaches like ankle arthroscopy for most ankle surgeries. They always focus on safe procedures and long-term ankle stability to give you the best surgical outcome.

Do you need help with ankle pain? Don’t wait a moment longer for relief. Call North Point Orthopaedics or click on the online scheduler today.