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Your ankles are some of the most valuable joints in your entire body. Without them, you wouldn’t be able to walk, run, jump, or even operate the gas and brake pedals in your car. When healthy, your ankles allow you to stay mobile and independent.
In spite of all they do for us, it’s easy to take our ankles for granted. But if an ankle injury causes pain, swelling, stiffness, or lack of mobility, you can quickly become aware of just how much you rely on them.
The good news is that we can treat these injuries for you – and usually without needing surgery.
What are common ankle injuries?
As with any area of your body, there are numerous ankle injuries and conditions that can develop. Some that we treat more frequently include:
- Ankle Sprains. Since they are so common, some people consider ankles sprains to be “not a big deal.” That’s a big mistake. Left untreated, a sprained ankle can ultimately lead to chronic ankle instability. Also, these sprains share many symptoms with ankle fractures. Proper diagnosis and treatment will ensure your ankle heals correctly and minimize your risk for long-term damage.
- Sinus Tarsitis/Sinus Tarsi Syndrome. The sinus tarsus is an opening between your ankle (talus) and heel (calcaneus) bones, on the outside of your foot. Sinus tarsi syndrome is characterized by a feeling of instability and pain along the front and side of your ankle. This is a secondary injury to an ankle sprain (further reason not to overlook that common injury!) and can develop when there is excessive and localized pressure on the outer ankle.
- Posterior Tibial Tendinitis. Inflammation of the posterior tibial tendon(s) is an injury from either an acute incident (a sudden event) or overuse. In both cases, you may experience pain along the inside of your foot and ankle. The pain tends to worsen during physical activities. This injury is associated with your foot rolling in excessively when you walk (overpronation).
- Ankle Fractures. The bones comprising your ankle joints — the tibia, fibula, calcaneus, and tarsus — can fracture when subjected to enough physical force (including cumulative forces from too much high-impact activity). There are a variety of fractures you can sustain. Treatment is typically centered on keeping the injured area stable so your damaged bone(s) can mend correctly.