Chronic Ankle Pain Treatment Options, Provided by Tampa General Hospital
Chronic ankle pain can be difficult to live with, especially if it is affecting your day-to-day activities. Fortunately, there is a wide range of ankle pain treatment options available that don’t involve surgery, though each individual’s treatment plan will depend on the specific cause of their discomfort. Sprains, osteoarthritis, tendinitis, and rheumatoid arthritis are just a few of the conditions that can lead to chronic ankle pain.
Diagnosing and Treating Ankle Pain
To fully understand the source of your ankle pain, it’s important to see a physician who can provide a full diagnosis. He or she will likely want to discuss your medical history, conduct a physical exam, and order an imaging procedure – such as an X-ray or MRI – to pinpoint the source of your symptoms. Then, your physician will most likely suggest that you try a combination of conservative therapies to see if your symptoms can be managed. Options include:
- Pain and anti-inflammatory medications
- The application of heat and ice
- Physical therapy
- Steroid injections
- Periods of targeted rest
For some individuals, however, conservative ankle pain treatment doesn’t produce the desired results. Others may undergo multiple surgical procedures that, while successful at the time, lead to chronic pain and other symptoms later in life. In these instances, it may be time to consider a total ankle replacement procedure.
Surgical Treatment at Tampa General Hospital
At Tampa General Hospital, our orthopedic surgeons are fellowship trained and highly experienced in the use of advanced robotic techniques to perform minimally invasive ankle replacement surgery. We utilize the PROPHECY® Preoperative Navigation system to improve implant accuracy and take the guesswork out of sizing, as well as three different implant systems – the INFINITY® Total Ankle System, the INBONE® II Total Ankle System, and the INVISION™ Total Ankle Revision System – to provide a continuum of care for our patients. And, to help our patients enjoy an improved quality of life, we utilize a multidisciplinary team of experienced healthcare providers that includes:
- Physician’s assistants
- Occupational and physical therapists
- Social workers
- Care coordinators
At Tampa General Hospital, our goal is to optimize surgical outcomes. We performed 5,421 orthopedic surgical procedures in 2019. We’ve also been named one of the Nation's Best Hospitals for Orthopedics (placing in the top 25) and the highest-ranked hospital in Florida for Orthopedics for 2021-22 by U.S. News & World Report.
If you’re in need of treatment for ankle pain and would like to receive a referral to an orthopedic surgeon at TGH, use our Physician Finder or call 1-800-822-DOCS (3627) today.