Ankle pain and ankle injury
Duke’s ankle specialists are national leaders in treating ankle pain and injuries. As one of the nation’s top-ranked orthopaedic centers, we pioneered ankle replacement surgery, as well as other novel techniques to repair cartilage, tendons and fractures in the ankle bone and ankle joint.
Advanced care for ankle pain and injuries
Whether you are sidelined with an ankle injury or the discomfort of arthritis, you’re in good hands at Duke. Our ankle experts offer advanced care for all conditions that affect the ankle including ankle arthritis, ankle fractures, ligament and tendon injuries including tendonitis, achilles tendon rupture, achilles tendinopathy, sports injuries and defects in the ankle bone. Our doctors evaluate your individual needs and offer personalized treatment programs designed to get you back on your feet as soon as possible.
Choose Duke Orthopaedics for your ankle treatment because:
- Less pain, improved function. Our orthopaedic surgeons use bone and tissue grafts to repair damage to the ankle joint. These new techniques often result in less pain and better function.
- Benefit from our experience. We helped develop the four ankle joint prostheses currently approved for ankle replacement surgery in the U.S., and continue to develop and test new ankle joint prototypes. As a result, you can benefit from the most current treatment options available.
- Our skilled experts are on your team. Our orthopaedic and plastic surgeons combine their skills and expertise to carry out complex procedures that involve restoring blood supply to the ankle bone. If blood supply is disrupted, the ankle bone tissue can die. Our orthopaedic program is consistently ranked as one of the top in the country by U.S. News & World Report.
- Dedicated physical therapy. Our therapists offer the full range of physical therapy treatments for ankle pain, injuries and trauma post-surgery. Our physical therapists work closely with our doctors to create a personalized sport- and activity-specific therapy plan to improve your mobility.
- Minimally invasive surgery. Our surgeons are pioneering surgeries that use smaller incisions, which can lead to faster recoveries and quicker return to your daily activities.
ANKLE PAIN AND ANKLE INJURY
We offer a wide range of treatments to eliminate ankle pain and return you to your normal activities as soon as possible. We will work with you to devise a treatment plan that best suits your needs.
We offer a variety of conservative orthopaedic treatments, including bracing, physical therapy, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications and steroid injections to care for ankle pain due to sprains, sports injuries, misalignment and osteoarthritis.
This emerging technique is used to regenerate torn and injured ligaments and tendons in the ankle joint. Plasma, which contains the body’s own growth factors -- substances that stimulate cell growth and promote healing -- is extracted from the patient’s own blood and injected into injured tissue. Studies suggest it may shorten healing time and possibly eliminate the need for surgery.
Our doctors repair torn ligaments with sutures or use other ligaments and tendons in a patient’s foot and ankle to repair damage from an ankle sprain or other injury.
Surgeons use small incisions and a tiny camera in this minimally invasive approach to repair torn ligaments or tendons, remove loose bone or cartilage and assess inflammation in the ankle. As a result, you experience less pain, lower risk of infection and speedier recovery.
We helped develop novel techniques to repair tears, ruptures or defects, such as osteochondral lesions of the talus, using tissue transplanted from a donor or another part of your body.
In some cases, pain associated with arthritis, bone and joint defects may be alleviated by removing cartilage or fusing together ankle bones with metal rods, pins or plates.
Duke is nationally recognized as an innovator in modern prosthetic ankle joints for treating severe arthritis and certain ankle defects. As leaders in the number of ankle replacement surgeries performed, we are able to ensure our patients experience fewer complications related to surgery, less pain and speedier recovery times. Learn more about ankle replacement surgery.
ANKLE PAIN AND ANKLE INJURY
X-rays, fluoroscopy and stress radiography help our doctors identify ankle damage and injury. Blood tests may be used to rule out potentially serious conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis.
Our doctors use ultrasound, MRI and CT scans to create detailed pictures that help our doctors best understand your injury or condition, including damage to soft tissue or a blockage in the blood vessel.