About Ankle Pain

What is it and what are your treatment options?
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What is Ankle Pain?

The ankle is a large joint made up of three bones. The tibia, fibula, and talus join to form the ankle joint. It consists of a network of ligaments, tendons, and muscles. Strong enough to bear your body weight and enable you to move, your ankle can be prone to injury and pain.

Common Causes:

  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Broken ankle/broken foot
  • Bursitis (joint inflammation)
  • Osteoarthritis (disease causing the breakdown of joints)
  • Rheumatoid arthritis (inflammatory joint disease)
  • Sprained ankle

Mild ankle pain often responds well to home treatments, if the pain persists, it is best to follow up with an Orthopedic Physicians Alaska (OPA) Foot and Ankle specialist.

An Orthopedic Physicians Alaska (OPA) Foot and Ankle Specialists will conduct the following to obtain the proper diagnosis to start immediate treatment for a quicker recovery:

  • Obtain a medical history to check for risk factors
  • Perform a physical examination to check for symptoms and test ankle strength and flexibility
  • Order and analyze x-rays (to rule out a fracture) or MRI

Common Treatments:

Nonsurgical treatment options are commonly used to treat ankle pain. A treatment plan usually consists of multiple treatment options:

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs)

Decrease inflammation and pain.

RICE Method

Rest, ice, compression, and elevation decreases swelling, inflammation, and pain

Activity Modification

Reduces or stops symptom causing activities

At OPA, our Board-Certified and Fellowship Trained Foot and Ankle Specialists are experts in diagnosing and treating ankle pain.

If you are experiencing ankle pain, contact our office to schedule an appointment with one of our foot and ankle specialist that are conveniently located in Anchorage, Wasilla and Eagle River, AK.

Schedule An Appointment

To receive an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment plan, please make an appointment with one of our Orthopedic Team Specialists at our offices conveniently located in Anchorage and Wasilla, AK.
Anchorage: (907) 562-2277
Wasilla: (907) 357-2267

OPA Foot & Ankle Team

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Deryk Anderson, DO

Orthopedic Specialist

Eugene Chang, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Tucker Drury, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Greg Schweiger, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Our Mission

To provide the finest orthopedic surgery and musculoskeletal care in North America, offering general and specialized adult care to all Alaskans and visitors.


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