Achy Ankle? Here’s What You Can Do About It!

Print icon

We’re on our ankles all the time. Sometimes that makes our joints achy, particularly our feet and ankles. Some basics about on foot and ankle pain from Dr. Adam Ferguson from the Connecticut Orthopaedic Institute at MidState Medical Center.

Q: Why does someone have ankle pain?

A: When we talk about the ankle, we’re talking about the joint between the tibia, which is the shin bone and the talus, which is the top bone in the ankle. And when you get pain in this joint, it can come from a lot of things. But a very common cause is arthritis. And what that means is the cartilage between these two bones, or the smooth surface, has worn out. That can happen for a number of reasons. Sometimes it’s genetic. Sometimes it’s activity-related. But most commonly in the ankle, it’s because of trauma. And trauma can be something small, like you rolled your ankle a bunch of times as a kid. Or it can be something larger like you had a bad injury, such as a break or something that needed surgery.

Q: What exactly is ankle replacement? 

A: Ankle replacement is the removal of the bottom part of the tibia, the shin bone, and the top part of the talus due to a lack of cartilage. This is often do to a lifetime of wear and tear. These are replaced with a combination of metal and plastic components; medical-grade steel and polymer components that hold up very well for a long period of time. These serve to replace the damaged structures with essentially a new ankle.

Q: Who would be a candidate for an ankle replacement?

A: The best candidates for this are younger, active people that still have some ankle range of motion but are having trouble doing things they enjoy, such as walking the dog or playing with the grandkids. Many candidates are still in their 60s and 70s.

Learn more about your ankle options with the Connecticut Orthopaedic Institute here, or call  1.833.CT.ORTHO  (1.833.286.7846). 


What's New

Wallingford Endoscopy Center Opens

Endoscopy Center Opens in Wallingford

The Wallingford Endoscopy Center, an 8,533- square-foot space dedicated to gastroenterology procedures, has opened in Wallingford. The center, a joint venture between Hartford HealthCare, Connecticut GI and MidState Gastroenterology Specialists, offers upper endoscopies and colonoscopies in the new facility. “Patients in need of gastrointestinal procedures will find the best care...


What is Inpatient Rehabilitation?

A new inpatient rehabilitation unit opened at Hartford Hospital recently. It’s a 26-bed unit that specializes in physical, occupational and speech therapy for patients who have suffered a major illness or injury. Dr. Maria Tsarouhas of the Hartford Hospital In-Patient Rehabilitation Unit has details on what that means.  Q: This unit opened...

Apple Watch and AFib

Why Heart Patients Shouldn’t Use Apple Watch to Detect AFib

Seems that the Apple smartwatch can do it all – check email, send an SOS, connect to your car, get directions, open your garage door and order a pizza — but checking your heartbeat for atrial fibrillation might not make sense. Dr. Steven Zweibel, director of electrophysiology at the Hartford...


Hartford HealthCare Increases Minimum Hourly Rate to $15

More than 2,400 employees to benefit from increase, effective March 31 Hartford HealthCare today (Monday, 1/14) announced it will increase its minimum hourly rate to $15, effective March 31, 2019. The new pay rate will directly benefit more than 2,400 of Hartford HealthCare’s approximately 20,000 employees throughout Connecticut. These employees...

GoHealth interior.

Hartford HealthCare-GoHealth Urgent Care Center Opens in Torrington

Newly constructed Hartford HealthCare-GoHealth Urgent Care center will replace Charlotte Hungerford Hospital’s former urgent care walk-in center, less than a mile away. GoHealth Urgent Care, one of the country’s largest and fastest-growing urgent care companies, together with its partner Hartford HealthCare, Connecticut’s most comprehensive healthcare network and an affiliate of...


Why Does My Neck Hurt? (It Could Be a Pinched Nerve)

When is neck pain a serious issue? When it’s a pinched nerve, according to Dr. Joel Bauman, chief of neurosurgery at the Connecticut Orthopaedic Institute at MidState Medical Center. Q: What is a pinched nerve? A: A pinched nerve is when there is an injury, usually in the disk, which...

Prostate Cancer Relationships

ED, Incontinence After Prostate Surgery: What Can a Partner Do?

This is the first of a two-part series on the effects of prostate cancer on relationships. Ask any prostate cancer survivor and he’ll tell you there’s no price he wouldn’t pay to be cancer-free. Let’s start with the surest way to cure prostate cancer when the disease hasn’t spread: Removal...