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Ankle pain can be caused by many factors, including ankle injuries such as sprains and fractures. Gout, rheumatoid and osteoarthritis can also cause pain in the ankle, as well as Achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis, commonly known as “jogger’s heel”.
A sub-specialty of orthopaedic surgery, this type of treatment often involves the repair of damage to the foot hand or ankle which may have occurred to bone, muscle, tendon, nerve, other soft tissue, skin and nails. Common operations include total ankle replacement, Achilles tendon repair and reconstruction and fusion surgery to fight the symptoms of arthritis.
A broken ankle is often caused by twisting the ankle, falls or a sports injury and, if severe, may require surgery to realign the bone. Fractures are classified according to the area of bone that is broken; a fibula fracture is known as a lateral malleolus fracture, or if both the fibula and tibia are broken, it’s known as a bimalleolar fracture. Ankle surgery is required to repair the bone, most often with metal plates and screws.
When the plantar fascia, a band of tissue running underneath the sole of the foot, thickens, the condition is known as plantar fasciitis. It can be extremely painful; treatment for this is usually a slow process. Doctors may prescribe conservative treatments such as pain relief, steroid injections or a night splint, but if these are unsuccessful, ankle surgery may be required.
Plantar fasciitis surgery involves releasing a portion of the plantar fascia from the heel bone. This type of plantar fasciitis treatment can be performed through a regular incision or as endoscopic surgery, where a miniature scope is inserted and surgery performed through a tiny camera.
Whatever the cause of your ankle pain, UKS Medical can arrange private medical treatment for you, quickly and with minimal fuss. In most cases we can arrange for you to be seen by a consultant within no longer than 48 hours of your initial contact with us. To find out more about ankle pain treatment or ankle surgery, contact UKS Medical today.