6 Common Ankle Injuries

Ankle injuries are common, accounting for one million emergency room visits every year. Ankle injuries can happen to anyone of any age. However, athletes are more prone to them than non-athletes. Yet, just stepping off a curb the wrong way can result in an ankle injury.   

The ankle consists of three bones: the tibia, fibula, and talus. Bones are joined together by ligaments — elastic bands of connective tissue. In the case of the ankle, the bones come together at the ankle joint. Tendons attach muscles to bones. An ankle injury can involve muscles, tendons, ligaments, or bones. 

The expert foot and ankle surgeons at Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers, located in Lake Ridge and Stafford, Virginia, treat ankle injuries frequently. Here they share the six most common injuries they treat.

1. Ankle sprain

Ankle sprains, along with fractures, are the most common ankle injuries in the United States. Every day, 25,000 people sprain their ankles. A sprain occurs when the ankle rolls, twists, or turns awkwardly. That movement strains and pulls the ligament. Symptoms include pain, swelling, tenderness, limited range of motion, and stiffness. 

2. Ankle strain

An ankle strain is similar to a sprain, but instead of the ligament being pulled or stretched beyond its limits, it’s when a muscle or tendon gets overstretched. Symptoms are also similar. In addition to pain and swelling, muscle spasms are common.

3. Ankle fracture

A fracture is the medical name for a broken bone. A fracture can be a partial or complete break of one or more bones in the ankle. A bone can break by falling or twisting by twisting the ankle. It can also happen due to trauma, like a car accident. 

4. Ankle tendonitis 

Tendonitis occurs when a tendon becomes inflamed. That inflammation causes pain with activity and usually subsides when you rest. Achilles tendonitis, which is inflammation of the tendon at the back of the ankle, is a common form of ankle tendonitis and is often caused by repetitive stress and overuse. 

5. Ankle tendon tear

In addition to becoming inflamed, a tendon can tear or rupture. A tear is more severe than tendonitis and most often is caused by repetitive stress. Symptoms include pain, weakness, and ankle instability.

6. Ankle arthritis

Arthritis can affect any joint in your body. Most people think of knees, hips, and fingers being impacted by arthritis, but it can affect your ankles as well. When this occurs, it can make walking and moving difficult. In the ankle, rheumatoid arthritis is more common than osteoarthritis. 

Whatever your ankle injury, the skilled foot and ankle team at Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers will expertly diagnose your condition and create an effective treatment plan to get you back on your feet.

Are you experiencing ankle pain? Call Lakeridge & Stafford Foot and Ankle Centers to make an appointment with one of our experienced podiatrists. 

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