The ankle is one of the most commonly injured joints in the body. Many people sustain ligament sprains during exercise or normal daily activities. The supporting ligaments around the ankle are numerous and act to stabilise the joint. Injury to the ligaments can give rise to pain, swelling and instability. Whether the injury is acute or chronic various treatment options are available in order to try and restore comfort and function.
Within the ankle joint itself pain, stiffness and swelling can be related to a number of conditions involving inflammation of the joint lining (synovitis), cartilage injury, bone spurs, loose bodies, and arthritis of various kinds. Our knowledge of the mechanics of the joint, our ability to image it and increasingly sophisticated treatments – both surgical and non-surgical – are available to help reduce symptoms for our patients.