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Ankle Pain

Cary B Chapman, MD -  - Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgeon

Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Consultants of New York

Cary B Chapman, MD

Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgeon & Sports Medicine Specialist located in Upper East Side, New York, NY & Staten Island, NY

When ankle joints are damaged by trauma or disease, the team at Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Consultants of New York can help. At their offices on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and Staten Island, New York, orthopaedic surgeon Cary Chapman, MD, and his team offer the latest conservative and surgical treatments for chronic ankle pain. If you’re limited physically because of chronic ankle pain, call the Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Consultants of New York office nearest you or book an appointment online today.

Ankle Pain

What causes chronic ankle pain?

Chronic ankle pain is pain that lasts for 12 weeks or longer and isn’t relieved with rest and over-the-counter pain relievers.

A number of conditions can cause chronic ankle pain. One of the most common is an ankle sprain that doesn’t heal properly. Strained muscles or tendons and sprained ligaments can stretch and weaken over time, leading to more painful tears and persistent inflammation.

You can also develop scar tissue that affects your ankle joint’s function.

Other issues that can contribute to chronic ankle pain include:

  • Arthritis
  • Fractures
  • Bone spurs
  • Joint inflammation
  • Nerve entrapment


For many people, age-related joint changes can lead to ankle pain that continues to worsen.

When should I seek treatment for ankle pain?

If you’re suffering from ankle pain that continues to worsen or you’re no longer able to successfully treat the pain at home, schedule a diagnostic evaluation at Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Consultants of New York without delay.

You should also schedule an evaluation for symptoms like:

  • Instability
  • Swelling
  • Stiffness
  • Difficulties walking


If you experience repeated ankle sprains, you’ll need treatment to preserve the structure of your ankle joint and reduce the need for an ankle replacement or another type of surgery.

How is ankle pain diagnosed?

During your diagnostic evaluation for ankle pain, the team at Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Consultants of New York takes the time to review your medical history and your usual activities to identify the potential causes of your ankle pain.

The providers offer on-site imaging tests like X-rays to evaluate the structures of your ankle joint and they do a physical exam to rule out other issues that could be contributing to your ankle pain.

In some cases, your Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Consultants of New York physician will decide to inject an anesthetic into your ankle joint to pinpoint the area of pain.

Once they confirm your diagnosis, your provider creates a treatment plan that focuses on the immediate and long-term relief of pain.

How is ankle pain treated?

Your treatment plan for chronic ankle pain focuses on the root cause of your condition and the severity of your disability and pain.

In the early stages of pain, your Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Consultants of New York will likely recommend anti-inflammatories and pain relievers to help you stay mobile. They could also suggest exercising at home or getting physical therapy to strengthen the muscles supporting your ankle joint.

Other treatments available for ankle pain include:

  • Immobilization
  • Steroid injections
  • Orthotics and ankle braces


When ankle pain is the result of advanced arthritis or a serious injury, your Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Consultants of New York provider can determine if surgery is right for you. The team is highly skilled in a variety of surgical techniques, including arthroscopy and open surgeries to repair or replace your ankle joint.

You can also receive custom-fitted, 3D-printed metal implants from Additive Orthopedics® that stabilize and preserve your ankle joint.

Don’t put off an evaluation of persistent ankle pain. Call the team at the Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Consultants of New York office nearest you to learn more about available treatments or book an appointment online now.