Ankle Pain Specialist

Ankle Pain

Ankle Pain services offered in Union City and Dyersburg, TN

Your ankle is a small joint that bears a lot of weight and is essential to everyday movement. If you have ankle pain that doesn’t heal readily on its own, you may have underlying damage to the joint or the tissues supporting it. Michael Calfee, MD, and Paxton Sisson, PA-C, of Advanced Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in Union City and Dyersburg, Tennessee, have the experience, skills, and tools needed to uncover the cause of chronic ankle pain. Call the location nearest you or schedule an appointment online today to learn more.

Ankle Pain Q&A

What causes ankle pain?

Your ankle is made up of a collection of ligaments, tendons, and muscles that support the joint and hold it in place. Ankle pain may result when you experience damage to any of these components. 

You may have ankle pain due to:

Ankle sprains

An incredibly common injury, ankle sprains occur when the ligaments supporting the joint overstretch. You’ll experience swelling and discomfort. If the ligament tears completely, you will experience severe pain and will have trouble bearing weight on the joint. If gone untreated, ankle sprains can lead to long-term ankle instability and repeated sprains. 


The inflammation and stiffness associated with arthritis can affect any joint, including the ankle. Osteoarthritis causes the cushiony cartilage around the joint to break down. Rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune form, affects the lining inside the joint. 


If you break any of the bones in the ankle, you will suffer ankle pain. Fractures typically occur at the bony bump on the outside of your ankle. The amount of pain and movement limitations you experience depends on the location and severity of your fracture. 


When the tendons that support your foot and ankle become inflamed, you have tendinitis. Without proper treatment, your tendons may rupture. 


You have fluid-filled sacs, called bursae, that cushion connecting bones. When the ones in the ankle become inflamed, you get pain, stiffness, and diminished range of motion.

How do you diagnose ankle pain?

Your specialist completes a comprehensive foot and ankle evaluation to diagnose your ankle pain. They’ll review your symptoms and medical history, too. Imaging exams, like an MRI and X-ray, also help inform the diagnosis so you get the treatment you need to relieve pain.

How do you treat ankle pain?

After pinpointing the cause of your ankle pain, your specialist customizes your treatment plan. It may include:

  • Rest, ice, compression, elevation (RICE protocol)
  • Over-the-counter or prescription pain medications
  • Immobilization (e.g., casting, bracing, and bandaging)
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Physical therapy
  • Movement modifications

Some causes of ankle pain require correction with minimally invasive surgery. Your surgeon makes keyhole-sized incisions and uses small tools to repair the damage causing your pain. 

If you’re experiencing ankle pain, call Advanced Orthopedics & Sports Medicine to schedule an appointment or use this website to book online today.