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By Northern Virginia Orthopedic Specialists
September 08, 2022
Category: Pain Management
Tags: Ankle Pain  

How your orthopaedic and sports medicine specialists in Manassas, and Haymarket, VA, can help you get relief from ankle pain

Ankle pain can dramatically impact your life. Your ankles help to carry your weight and help you move around. If you suffer ankle pain, you may become inactive, which can lead to other health issues. Fortunately, your orthopaedic and sports medicine specialists can help.

The orthopaedic and sports medicine doctors at Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists provide a wide range of orthopaedic services, including treatment of ankle pain. They have two convenient locations in Manassas, and Haymarket, VA, to help you get relief from ankle pain.

There are a variety of problems that can cause ankle pain, including:

  • A strained, sprained or torn ligament
  • A strained, sprained, or torn tendon
  • A fractured or broken bone in your ankle

You may experience any of these problems due to:

  • A vehicular accident
  • A sports injury
  • Tripping and falling

You may have damaged your ankle if you notice:

  • A loud popping noise when you injured your ankle
  • Swelling and bruising after your injury
  • Pain when you try to put weight on your foot
  • A tight feeling in your ankle and difficulty moving it

If you notice any of these signs or symptoms, you can try:

  • Resting and keeping your ankle elevated to reduce swelling
  • Placing an ice pack on your ankle to reduce swelling
  • Wrapping your ankle in compression bandages to add support

For severe ankle pain or if you have dislocated or broken a bone, you need the services of your orthopaedic and sports medicine specialist, who may recommend:

  • Taking prescription-strength anti-inflammatory medication to reduce inflammation
  • Stretching and physical therapy to increase strength and flexibility
  • Using a walking boot or cast to add support and stability
  • Surgical treatment to repair, reattach, or realign tendons, ligaments, and bones

To read more detailed information about ankle pain and ankle pain treatment, please visit the Ankle Pain page on the website by clicking here.

To learn more about ankle pain causes and treatments, call the orthopaedic and sports medicine specialists at Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists. You can reach them in both the Manassas, and Haymarket, VA, locations by calling (703) 369-9070, so call today.

By Northern Virginia Orthopedic Specialists
March 23, 2022
Category: Pain Management
Tags: Ankle Pain  

How your orthopaedic specialists in Haymarket and Manassas, VA, can help with ankle pain

Ankle pain can sneak up on you. It can begin as just a transient pain that comes and goes. Ankle pain can also eventually develop into a life-altering issue, restricting your ability to stand and walk.

The doctors at Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists offer a wide range of orthopaedic services, including treatment of ankle pain. They have two convenient office locations in Haymarket, and Manassas, VA, to help you get relief from ankle pain.

You can take some steps to relieve minor ankle pain. You can try:

  • Applying ice or heat to your ankle to reduce swelling and relieve pain
  • Resting and elevating your ankle to relieve swelling and allow your ankle to heal
  • Taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory and pain medication to help relieve pain and reduce swelling
  • Wearing an ankle brace to help provide stability so you can move around while your ankle heals

If your ankle pain continues, don’t ignore it because chronic ankle pain can mean that you have:

  • Torn a ligament or tendon
  • Severely sprained your ankle
  • Fractured your ankle
  • Injured the nerves in your ankle
  • Inflammation or arthritis developing in your ankle joint

For moderate to severe ankle pain, you should visit your orthopaedic specialist. Your orthopaedic specialist can help when you have:

  • Chronic, intense pain on the outside of your ankle
  • Unstable ankle movement
  • Problems walking on uneven surfaces
  • Recurrent swelling and stiffness in your ankle
  • Frequent ankle sprains

Your orthopaedic specialist may recommend:

  • Prescription-strength anti-inflammatory medication to reduce ankle swelling
  • Physical therapy and stretching to increase range of motion and flexibility
  • Steroid medications to reduce swelling and pain
  • Walking casts or ankle braces for added support
  • Surgical treatment to repair and restore torn ligaments, tendons, or fractured bones

To learn more about the diagnosis and treatment of ankle pain, talk with the experts. Call the doctors at Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists. You can reach them in the Haymarket, or Manassas VA, offices by calling (703) 369-9070, so call now.

By Northern Virginia Orthopedic Specialists
February 08, 2022
Category: Pain Management
Tags: Ankle Pain  

Do You Need an Ankle Pain Evaluation?

Our ankles are not that part of our bodies that enjoys much attention from most of us; unless we are experiencing pain or discomfort. However, ankle pain is a sign that your ankle demands immediate attention. Dr. Christopher Highfill from Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists treats patients who experience ankle pain in our offices in Haymarket and Manassas, VA.

Management of ankle pain in Haymarket and Manassas, VA

The ankle is a large joint comprised of three bones, tendons and ligaments that provide support. The function of the ankle is to aid the up and down movement of the feet.

Ankle pain is usually caused by a sprain or injury to the joint. However, autoimmune diseases like arthritis and normal wear and tear also present with pain at some point. Athletes and physically active individuals are more at risk for developing sprains or injuries in the ankle. Ankle pain can be particularly burdensome for elderly patients.

What is RICE treatment for ankle sprain?

Our specialists recommend the RICE method to manage mild to moderate ankle issues, including those affecting the tendons. RICE stands for Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation.

  1. Rest: Try to give a day off to those sore ankles by maximizing sitting or lying down for a few days.
  2. Ice: It is no surprise that ice helps to reduce swelling in ankle sprains. It also soothes the pain.
  3. Compression: Wrap an elastic bandage, careful not to go around very tight, making your legs go white or blue. Doing so can aid in healing in case of injuries.
  4. Elevation: Keeping your feet on a pillow or at a higher spot than your heart effectively reduces pain and swelling.

When non-surgical management yields little results, you might need an expert opinion regarding surgical options.

Putting off ankle pain could be something you might regret in the future, especially if you are up on your feet for most of the day. Book an appointment with your Orthopaedic Specialist, Dr. Christopher Highfill from Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists in Haymarket and Manassas, VA, to treat ankle pain by calling us at (703) 369-9070.

By Northern Virginia Orthopedic Specialists
November 02, 2021
Category: Pain Management
Tags: Ankle Pain  

Ankle pain doesn't always get better on its own. Luckily, your Manassas, and Haymarket, VA, orthopedic specialists at Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists can determine why your ankle hurts and offer treatments that will relieve your pain.

When to call the doctor about ankle pain

It's a good idea to make an appointment if:

  • You're in severe pain: Unbearable pain is a clear sign that you have a serious problem with your ankle. If your ankle pain is severe or has become worse, call the Manassas, or Haymarket, VA, orthopedic office immediately.
  • Your pain isn't getting better: Is your pain level still the same even though you've been resting it for a week or two? If you don't seek treatment for your ankle injury, the pain is more likely to become a chronic problem.
  • Walking is difficult: You'll need to see your orthopedic specialist as soon as possible if you can't put any weight on your foot or have trouble walking or standing.
  • Your ankle doesn't look the same: If your ankle is misshapen, you may have broken a bone.
  • Your skin is numb or blue: Any change in sensation or color warrants a call to your orthopedic doctor.
  • You have an open wound: Although you can treat small cuts yourself, large wounds require medical attention.
  • You have signs of infection: Signs include warmth, redness, and tenderness around your ankle. You may also have a fever.

Common causes of ankle pain

Ankle pain can be caused by many injuries and conditions. Did your ankle pain start after you jumped or fell? You may have sprained your ankle or broken bones in the joint. Sprains occur when the ligaments that hold bones in the joint together stretch or tear. Ankle pain can also occur due to joint damage caused by osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis.

Other causes of ankle pain may include:

  • Strains
  • Shin splints
  • Gout
  • Lupus
  • Ankle impingement
  • Bursitis
  • Nerve compression
  • Tendonitis
  • Flat feet

Are you worried about your ankle pain? Your orthopedic specialists in Manassas, and Haymarket, VA, can help you get back on your feet again. Call 703-369-9070 to schedule an appointment at Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists.

By Northern Virginia Orthopedic Specialists
June 07, 2021
Category: Pain Management
Tags: Ankle Pain  

How your doctors in Manassas, and Haymarket, VA, can help when you have ankle pain

Ankle pain can be scary, especially if you don’t know what has caused it. You may feel apprehensive about whether it will go away on its own, or whether you should see a doctor. Your doctor can help you get relief from ankle pain, so you can enjoy being active again.

The doctors of Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists offer a wide range of medical and orthopaedic services, including treatment for ankle pain. They have two convenient office locations in Manassas, and Haymarket, VA, to help you.

When you have ankle pain, you may be experiencing:

  • Intense pain on the outside of your ankle
  • Severe ankle pain that keeps coming back
  • A feeling of instability when you stand
  • Pain or difficulty walking on uneven ground
  • Stiffness and swelling in your ankle

You may be experiencing ankle pain due to many factors, including:

  • Arthritis or inflammation in your ankle joint
  • A fractured bone in your ankle
  • An ankle sprain or strain
  • An injured or torn tendon in your ankle
  • A nerve injury in your ankle

For mild ankle pain, you can try:

  • Placing ice on your ankle several times each day
  • Elevating your ankle to take the weight off of it
  • Taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory and pain medication

For moderate to severe ankle pain that persists, it’s best to visit your doctor. At Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists, your doctor may recommend:

  • Wearing an ankle brace or cast to immobilize your ankle
  • Taking prescription-strength anti-inflammatory medications
  • Physical therapy to restore range of motion, strength, and flexibility

If non-surgical treatments fail to improve your ankle pain or if your pain is severe, you may need surgery. Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists perform many ankle surgeries, including ankle replacement, ankle fusion, and arthroscopic procedures to repair muscle, tendon, or ligament injuries.

To find out more about the causes, signs, symptoms, and treatment of ankle pain, call the doctors of Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists at (703) 369-9070. They have convenient office locations in Manassas, and Haymarket, VA, so call today!