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Chronic Ankle Pain

By Dr. Jason Gold, DPM, FACFAS | Dr. Jodi Schoenhaus DPM, RPhs, FACFAS

Chronic pain is something many of us live with while trying to find ways to become accustomed to it. For those with chronic ankle pain, it may be more important to find out what is causing the pain than simply learning to live with it. The initial injury may seem inconsequential, but the pain that lingers may be a sign of a deeper injury that is lurking.

Chronic ankle pain is indicative of more serious problems below the surface and should be addressed. Injuries to tendons such as the peroneal tendons which stabilize the ankle joint may worsen over time and jeopardize the stability of the joint.

Located behind the fibula, one of the three bones that comprise the ankle joint which is also called the ankle mortise, peroneal tendons can become inflamed from injury and swelling. In extreme cases, they may tear. Additionally, ligaments that hold tendons in place are also jeopardized and become unstable.

Ankle injuries can be diagnosed in several ways. X-rays and Computed Tomography scanning (CT Scan) may show bony abnormalities and fractures, but Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is the gold standard for catching even subtle injuries to tendons or ligaments, and may also indicate if there is a fracture present.

Those suspecting that their ankle injury may be more than a simple sprain may take note of several points that indicate a possible peroneal tendon injury. If the chronic ankle pain is not resolving over time with treatment, or the pain is located posterior or behind the fibula you should definitely contact your physician in Boca Raton. Pain may also radiate from the ankle through the foot and there may also be swelling present on the outside or lateral aspect of the affected ankle.

Dr. Jason Gold, DPM, FACFAS

Known for his expertise in thorough diagnostic testing and a steady surgical hand, Jason M. Gold, DPM, is a leader in modern foot and ankle care and sports medicine. He’s one of a handful of doctors who’s board certified in foot and ankle surgery in Palm Beach County. Dr. Jason Gold cares for patients at Foot, Ankle & Leg Vein Center, a state-of-the-art practice with locations in Boca Raton and Boynton, Florida.

Dr. Jodi Schoenhaus , DPM - Podiatrist in Boca Raton, FL

Dr. Jodi Schoenhaus DPM, RPhs, FACFAS

Dr. Jodi Schoenhaus is a foot, ankle, and leg vein specialist practicing in South Florida. She is considered a leader and innovator for various procedures in her field, including fat pad and vein care. Dr. Schoenhaus grew up in southern New Jersey and she considers herself a true Philly girl. After graduating from the University of Michigan, having studied kinesiology and human movement, she went to Temple University in Philadelphia where she got her doctorate.

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