Foot / ankle
Ankle pain/ankle joint pain/foot pain
Ankle pain or ankle joint pain is a description for pain emerging from the transition from the lower leg to the ankle to the foot. The ankle joint is strongly strained during daily life and sports activities because it has to bear all the body weight. Compared to other joints of the human body, the ankle joint has to bear the highest weight in relation to its small cartilage surface.
Symptoms ankle pain/ankle joint pain/foot pain
Ankle pain or ankle joint pain occurs in and around the ankle but can also spread to the arch, the front- or the backside of the lower leg along the Achilles tendon. Pain sensation is sometimes limited to one point or affecting the whole ankle and often described as pulling or stinging. The ankle may also be very sensitive to pressure and hurt while standing, walking or turning the foot. Instability of the ankle is also possibleso that the foot twist inwards or outwards. Ankle pain can also come along with visible symptoms like a strong swelling, reddening or effusions.
Symptoms of ankle pain/foot pain in short:
- pain in or around the ankle
- pain spreading to arch, front- or backside of the lower leg
- ankle is sensitive to pressure
- pain while standing, walking or turning the foot
- unstable ankle – inwards or outwards twist of the ankle
- swelling, reddening, effusion
Causes ankle pain / ankle joint pain / foot pain
Causes of ankle pain are various. Possible causes are strain, overload, congenitally soft or deformed ligaments, cartilage, joints or malposition of the foot.
In addition to that, ankle joint pain may also emerge as a symptom of the following injuries:
Diagnostics ankle pain / ankle joint pain / foot pain
In case of ankle joint pain, a comprehensive orthopedic examination is carried out often accompanied by imaging procedures like X-raying or MRI. The best method to differentiate between different injuries is MRI. MRI enables us to visualize very different structures during one examination like muscles, ligaments, tendons, cartilage and bones. If it is necessary, we do also apply a well-tolerated contrast agent to improve the visibility of certain structures.
All examinations can be carried out at Beta Klinik. Read more about our diagnostics
Treatment ankle pain / ankle joint pain / foot pain
The treatment of ankle pain is subject to the examination results. Some injuries can be treated conservatively with immobilization, cooling and putting the feet up, bandages as well as physiotherapy and strengthening of the muscles of foot and leg to regenerate stability, mobility and strength. If necessary, special bandages or ortheses may help stabilize the ankle joint.
But surgery can also be necessary in some cases. Main procedure at Beta Klinik is the minimally invasive ankle arthroscopy enabling us to stabilize and refresh cartilage, reduce mucosa as well as remove protruding bones and osteophytes.
In case of chronic ankle instability, we replace the destroyed ligaments during minimally invasive surgery. The ankle’s stabilization system is then reconstructed by using a body’s own tendon that has been extracted through a small incision. Furthermore, foot surgery is also performed,