Ankle

Oakland Regional Hospital Physicians that can improve your lifestyle:
 
Jerome V. Ciullo, M.D.
Derek L. Hill, D.O.
Daniel B. Hoard, M.D.
Mark J. Milia, M.D.
Nilesh Patel, M.D.
Steven T. Plomaritis, D.O.
Ronald T. Rook, D.O.
John (Jack) B. Ryan, M.D.
Michael E. Tofteland, M.D.
 
Our Board Certified foot and ankle specialists provide advanced surgical and non-surgical techniques for the treatment of all facets of podiatric disorders. Our state-of-the-art facility and experienced staff are dedicated to providing a multidisciplinary approach to service all your podiatric medical needs.
 
Common Ankle Conditions:
 
Ankle Sprains
Sprained ankles are one of the most common injuries in sports. Because the inner ankle is more stable than the outer ankle, the foot is likely to turn inward (ankle inversion) from a fall, tackle, or jump. This stretches or tears ligaments; the result is an ankle sprain. The lateral ligament on the outer ankle is most prone to injury.
 
Achilles Tendon Injuries
The strongest and largest tendon, the Achilles tendon connects muscles in the lower leg with the heel bone. Sports that tighten the calf muscles, such as basketball, running and high-jumping can overstress this tendon and cause a strain (Achilles tendinitis) or a rupture. A direct blow to the foot, ankle, or calf can also cause it.
 
Overuse Injuries
Excessive training, such as running long distances without rest, places repeated stress on the foot and ankle. The result can be stress fractures and muscle/tendon strains.
 
Shin Splints
Pain in front of the shin bone (tibia) usually is caused by a stress fracture, called shin splints. Overtraining, poorly fitting athletic shoes, and a change in running surface from soft to hard puts athletes at risk for this injury.
 
Anterior impingement (footballer’s ankle)
When the tendons are pinched between the two bones at the front of the ankle and the bottom of the shinbone at the front of the ankle.
 
Posterior impingement
When soft tissue at the back of the ankle joint gets pinched between the bones, causing pain, inflammation and swelling.
 
Trauma and Fractures
Stress fractures or trauma fractures can cause displacement of the bones in the ankle. . This can result in pain, swelling and poor foot function.
 
Other Ankle Conditions:
Ankle Osteoarthritis
Bones in the joint become misshapen and misaligned due to degenerative arthritis. This results in pain, stiffness, swelling, instability and difficulty walking.
 
Imbalance and Orthotics
Personalized orthotics can provide comfort to Individuals with foot pain or discomfort due to imbalance, such as flat feet, excessive pronation, bow legs, knock knees, pigeon-toes, "duck feet" or high-arched feet.  Those with arch pain, heel pain, plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, shin splints, calluses, corns, bunions, or hammer, cramping, aching or tired legs, may also see improvement. The support that is provided helps control excessive pronation and helps with mid-foot, heel, ankle, knee, hip, and lower back pain. If you have a neuroma, geriatric, or diabetic foot problem, orthotics can provide you with needed protection and comfort.