Ankle Pain Specialist

Christopher Yardan, DPM -  - Podiatric Foot and Ankle Surgeon

The Center for Foot and Ankle Surgery

Christopher Yardan, DPM

Podiatric Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in Wallingford, CT

No ankle pain should be considered normal, especially since it can have an enormous impact on your mobility and quality of life. At The Center for Foot and Ankle Surgery, Christopher Yardan, DPM, understands the complexities of ankle pain and works with his patients in Wallingford, Connecticut, until a solution is found. For relief from your ankle pain, call the practice or schedule an appointment using the online booking tool.

Ankle Pain

What is the anatomy of the ankle?

In order to better understand ankle pain, it’s helpful to take a look at the anatomy of the ankle. This joint is made up of three bones:

  • Your tibia, or shinbone
  • Your fibula, which is a small bone in your lower leg
  • Your talus, a small bone above your heel bone

Surrounding these three bones are a host of soft tissues, including:

  • Muscles
  • Ligaments
  • Tendons

Because of the complexity of your ankle joints and the amount of use they endure, ankle pain is not uncommon.

What are the most common causes of ankle pain?

The leading cause of ankle pain is a sprain. In fact, a whopping 28,000 people sprain their ankle every day in the United States. Outside of sprains, the most common causes of ankle pain include:

  • Tendonitis, including Achilles tendonitis
  • Arthritis
  • Ankle fractures
  • Bursitis
  • Ankle instability

Often, old injuries can come back to roost, and if they weren’t addressed properly the first time, it could create ongoing problems with ankle pain.

What should I do if I injure my ankle?

If you injure your ankle, you should apply the RICE method as quickly as possible, which is:

  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Compression
  • Elevation

If your ankle is the same or worse after 24 hours, it’s time to make an appointment at The Center for Foot and Ankle Surgery because early intervention can make a significant difference in your outcome.

How is ankle pain treated?

When you first see Dr. Yardan, he performs a physical examination of your ankle, reviews your symptoms and your medical history, and typically orders advanced imaging to take a look at what’s going on inside your ankle.

Based on his findings, Dr. Yardan comes up with a treatment plan that best fits your unique situation, which may include:

  • Bracing
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications
  • Orthotics
  • Ice therapy

If there’s severe degeneration of the structures in your ankle joint, Dr. Yardan may recommend reconstructive surgery. But before making this recommendation, he takes into consideration your support system (family and friends) to ensure a seamless and incident-free recovery.

For relief from your ankle pain, call The Center for Foot and Ankle Surgery or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment.