Your risk for ankle pain increases as you get older, especially if you play sports or have a family history of arthritis. At Premier Orthopedic Specialists of Tulsa, the fellowship-trained orthopedic specialists offer on-site diagnostic testing services to identify what’s causing your ankle pain. They tailor conservative treatment plans to meet your needs and can recommend surgeries like arthroscopic ankle joint replacement when needed. Call the office in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to schedule a diagnostic evaluation or book an appointment online.
Ankle pain can be the result of injuries like muscle strains, ligaments sprains, or tendon tears, in the soft tissues that surround your ankle joint. You can develop ankle injuries from taking a fall, playing sports, exercising, or simply stepping down the wrong way on your ankle joint.
In addition to ankle injuries, you may experience chronic ankle pain because of underlying medical conditions like:
You may also experience chronic ankle pain and a loss of mobility because of ankle joint instability, a condition where it feels like your ankle joint gives out after repeated ankle sprains.
Diagnosing ankle pain involves a thorough review of your medical history and your current health. You can also expect a physical exam of your ankle, where your provider at Premier Orthopedic Specialists of Tulsa tests the strength and flexibility of your ankle joint.
The practice features state-of-the-art diagnostic testing technologies, including X-rays and ultrasounds, that the doctors use to identify fractures, soft tissue damage, and other conditions that might contribute to your ankle pain.
Based on the results of your exam and testing, the orthopedic specialists customize a treatment plan to relieve your pain and restore the function of your ankle joint.
Your initial treatment plan for ankle pain may include medications to reduce pain and inflammation and physical therapy to improve the flexibility of your ankle joint. You may also benefit from activity modification and the use of a brace to give your ankle joint time to rest.
If conservative therapies aren’t enough to relieve your ankle pain or improve joint function, you may be a candidate for surgery. Premier Orthopedic Specialists of Tulsa offers minimally invasive surgeries to repair ankle damage.
They specialize in arthroscopic surgical techniques to perform total ankle replacement surgery. This procedure requires only small incisions and specialized surgical tools to remove damaged cartilage and bone from your ankle and replace them with plastic or metal joint surfaces.
After a total ankle replacement, the artificial devices work just like your natural joint. You should notice a significant decrease in your pain and an improvement in your mobility as you heal.
Don’t live for another minute with chronic ankle pain. Call Premier Orthopedic Specialists of Tulsa today to schedule a diagnostic evaluation or book an appointment online.