Ankle Injuries Specialist

Centennial Foot and Ankle Specialists

Podiatrists located in Aurora, CO

Ankle injuries affect over one million people every year. Board-certified podiatrist Erik J. Thelander, DPM, FACFAS, and the expert team at Centennial Foot and Ankle Specialists diagnose and treat all types of ankle injuries in children and adults in Aurora, Colorado. If you or a loved one is suffering from an ankle injury, call or book an appointment online for prompt treatment.

Ankle Injuries

Centennial Foot and Ankle Specialists

What are common types of ankle injuries?

Your ankle joint is comprised of bones, ligaments, and tendons, any of which can become damaged or injured. Common ankle injuries include:

  • Ankle and foot fractures
  • Ankle sprains and strains
  • Tendonitis
  • Tendon and ligament tears
  • Ankle instability
  • Arthritis of the foot and ankle
  • Wounds
  • Trauma injuries
  • Sports injuries

No matter what type of injury you have, Dr. Thelander and the team at Centennial Foot and Ankle Specialists provide personalized treatment that addresses your specific needs.

What are the symptoms of an ankle injury?

The symptoms you experience may vary depending on the type and severity of your injury, but most ankle injuries involve these common symptoms:

  • Pain that may range from mild to severe
  • Redness and swelling
  • Bruising
  • Stiffness
  • Restricted mobility
  • Weakness or instability
  • Difficulty walking or putting weight on the affected joint

If you experience a popping noise or sensation at the time of injury, seek medical care immediately.

When should I see a podiatrist for an ankle injury?

Some types of ankle injuries improve with home care, but if you have pain or other ankle injury symptoms that persist despite treatment, you should schedule an appointment at Centennial Foot and Ankle Specialists.

Additionally, you should see Dr. Thelander any time pain is severe enough to interfere with your ability to walk or perform regular activities.  

How do you diagnose and treat ankle injuries?

First, Dr. Thelander and his team perform a physical exam and thoroughly review your medical history. Sometimes, the cause of your ankle injury is obvious, such as after a fall. Other times, ankle injuries occur gradually from repetitive motions over an extended time.

To determine the type and extent of your injury, he may take an on-site X-ray to check for abnormalities in your ankle. Then, Dr. Thelander discusses the best treatment for your particular ankle injury.

Depending on your specific needs, athletic condition, and recovery goals, treatment may include:

  • Rest from activities that caused the injury
  • Physical therapy
  • Immobilization with a cam walker boot
  • Anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen

If your condition is severe or doesn’t improve with conservative treatment, Dr. Thelander may recommend surgery to repair your injured ankle.

For expert care in ankle injury treatment, call Centennial Foot and Ankle Specialists or book an appointment online.