Pain Management
Dr Charles Mahl
Doctor Mahl |
July 12, 2024

Ankle pain may develop for a variety of reasons, and the pain may feel different, depending on the cause. Patients who experience ankle pain may also experience some degree of swelling, redness, and a limited range of motion.

Ankle pain is common in the older population. A 2018 study has shown that 9 out of 10 older adults suffer from ankle pain.

At Genlife Regenerative Medicine and Pain Clinic in Miami, we help improve the quality of life of patients who are suffering from pain. The goal of our treatments is to eliminate the source of pain itself. Here are some of the common causes of ankle pain that our patients suffer from:

1. Osteoarthritis (OA)

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis or joint disease. It occurs when the cartilage, which cushions the bones, breaks down. This causes the bones to rub together, resulting in pain and stiffness.

Aside from ankle pain and stiffness, other symptoms of OA include swelling, difficulty in walking, ankle instability, and popping sounds. This is a progressive condition but can be managed or slowed down with the right treatments. Research has shown that injecting platelet-rich plasma (PRP) into the affected ankle can postpone the need for surgery, or act as a safe alternative to surgery altogether.

2. Gout

Gout happens when there’s a build-up of uric acid in the blood. This build-up is described as “needle-shaped crystals,” which could be lodged painfully in the joints. For a lot of patients, pain in the big toe, which extends to the ankle and the legs, is the first sign of gout.

Gout pain in the ankle usually worsens at night and may feel very warm around the joints. This condition may be hereditary and may also increase the risk of patients developing diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity.

3. Achilles tendon rupture

A ruptured Achilles tendon is a very common injury for those involved in sports between the ages of 29 and 40. It can be described as a sudden pain at the back of the leg. Some patients can still move about and may even stand on tiptoes.

According to a study, it’s easy to disregard an Achilles tendon rupture because the injury can temporarily heal. Over time, however, the rupture can make the tendon weaker if it’s not given proper treatment. Research has shown that PRP can augment the surgical repair of the Achilles tendon and boost functional outcomes during recovery.

Genlife Regenerative Medicine offers PRP treatment in Miami for a variety of conditions. Don’t hesitate to contact us for inquiries.

4. Fracture

A broken bone in the ankle can deliver pain that radiates throughout the lower leg. It is usually caused by a twisting injury or a direct blow. It can temporarily disable the patient, especially if the fracture pushes against the skin. Treating a fracture will depend on the severity, and it might not always lead to surgery.

5. Sprain

A sprain causes damage to soft tissues around the ankle due to overstretching or some tearing in the ligament. It may also be due to an injury to the tendon or muscles. The ligament is a band of tissue that keeps bones connected to each other. The tendons are the cords that attach the muscles to bones.

Symptoms of an ankle sprain include swelling, tenderness, and instability in the joints. Sprains are very common for those who enjoy running and other sports activities. Treating ankle sprain will also depend on the severity.

PRP is a promising treatment for patients with sprain injury. A study involving elite athletes with high ankle sprain has shown that ultrasound-guided PRP injections can help stabilize the injured joint, decrease residual pain, and help athletes return to play sooner.

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Learn more about Genlife regenerative medicine Miami

GenLife Regenerative Medicine is the leading provider of regenerative medicine treatments, including Prolotherapy, stem cell therapy, Hormone Replacement Therapy, and PRP Miami. If you are suffering from ankle pain, consult the experts at our pain clinic in Miami. Our state-of-the-art facility will host you with warmth, comfort, a welcoming atmosphere, and very friendly personnel!

To receive detailed information about PRP, contact our clinic directly at our toll-free numbers: (844) 859-7788 or (305) 332-7234.

The material contained on this site is for informational purposes only and DOES NOT CONSTITUTE THE PROVIDING OF MEDICAL ADVICE, and is not intended to be a substitute for independent professional medical judgment, advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare providers with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health.

Avoid surgery whenever possible. Control inflammation smartly, keep your weight down fuel your body right, take control of your hormones.

Dr. Charles F. Mahl MD FACS FICS FAAOM

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