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Ankle Pain Specialists

Perimeter Orthopaedics


Sprains are a common cause of ankle pain, but a variety of injuries and conditions, like arthritis, may be the culprit. Foot and ankle specialist Paul Spiegl, MD, and the team at Perimeter Orthopaedics, PC in Atlanta and Woodstock, Georgia, evaluate and treat all types of ankle pain. Their modern facility has everything you need, from on-site imaging procedures to an ambulatory surgery center. Call or book an appointment online today for complete care of ankle pain.

Ankle Pain Q&A

What causes ankle pain?

The expert team at Perimeter Orthopaedics, PC diagnoses and treats the full spectrum of injuries and conditions that cause ankle pain, including:

Arthritis of the ankle

Arthritis commonly affects the small joints of the foot and ankle. The most common types of ankle arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Though each type affects the joint differently, both forms of arthritis cause ankle pain and swelling that can make walking difficult.

Ankle sprains

Sprained ankles are an extremely common cause of ankle pain. Ankle sprains occur when you twist your ankle awkwardly and stretch or tear the ligaments that hold the bones together. Repeated ankle sprains can lead to chronic ankle instability. 

Ankle fractures

Also called a broken ankle, a fracture happens when one or more of the bones in your ankle break. Similar to sprains, ankle fractures can result from twisting or rolling your ankle in an unnatural way.

Achilles tendon injuries

The Achilles tendon is a thick cord of tissue at the back of your ankle. Ankle pain may result from Achilles tendonitis, which is inflammation in the tendon, or a rupture, which is a tear in the tendon. 

What tests and procedures diagnose ankle pain?

First, your Perimeter Orthopaedics, PC provider asks about your ankle pain, including when it started and any other symptoms you experience. They examine your foot, ankle, and lower leg and may take on-site imaging tests, such as:

  • X-ray 
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan
  • Weight-bearing computerized tomography (CT) scan 

They use these tests to evaluate your condition and create a personalized treatment plan.

What treatments are available for ankle pain?

The expert team at Perimeter Orthopaedics, PC offers a wide range of surgical and nonsurgical treatments for ankle pain. Depending on the type and severity of your condition, treatment for ankle pain may include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Custom orthotics
  • Immobilization in a brace or cast
  • Extracorporeal shockwave therapy
  • Regenerative medicine, including platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and stem cells

If nonsurgical treatments fail to resolve your ankle pain, or if you have a serious injury like a complex fracture, ankle surgery may be necessary. Dr. Spiegl specializes in ankle fusion and ankle replacement procedures. 

To find relief from ankle pain, call Perimeter Orthopaedics, PC, or book an appointment online today.