Elizabeth A. Brown, DPM
Location and Office HoursCary L Copeland DPM Inc
4260 Glendale Milford Rd Ste 103
Cincinnati, OH 45242
- monday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
- tuesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
- wednesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
- thursday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
- Great-West Healthcare Cigna
- Medical Mutual of Ohio
Why does an ankle sprain cause lower leg pain?
Rolling or spraining the ankle can cause pain in the entire lower leg. Specifically, there can be pain along the outside portion of the lower leg that can run almost up to the knee. The cause of this is a high ankle sprain or a syndesmotic ankle sprain. There are two bones in the lower leg, the tibia and fibula. In between these two bones is a type of sheath that connects them. When the ankle is sprained, it can cause this sheath to tear, which causes pain in the lower leg. Depending on the length of the tear, the pain can be all the way to the knee. (This answer provided for NATA by the Eastern University Athletic Training Education Program)
How is ankle instability treated?
Ankle instability is a condition in which the ankle has lost its normal stability due to loose ligaments. Non-operative treatment involves bracing, physical therapy or activity modification. If non-operative treatment is ineffective in relieving symptoms, typical surgery to repair the stretched-out ligaments (a modified Brostrom procedure) works well, with high patient satisfaction rates. On rare occasions, an allograft tendon (tendon from a cadaver bank) can be used to reconstruct the ankle’s outer ligaments in those with very severe instability.
In this video, Thomas San Giovanni, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at Baptist Health, explains the procedure.
What is noninsertional Achilles tendinitis?
The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body, connecting the calf muscles to the heel bone. When it becomes inflamed or degenerates due to overuse or injury, the Achilles tendon can become swollen and painful at the heel or along the back of the leg. In noninsertional Achilles tendinitis, fibers in the middle portion of the tendon begin to break down with tiny tears.
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