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


Why Athletes are More at Risk for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

Markelle Fultz makes a living – and earned status as 2017’s top NBA draft pick – by keeping his arms aloft, guarding his team’s basket from the jumpshots of opposing players. Now, that very movement has sidelined him for at least a few months and thrust the medical condition called...

Lung Cancer

What to Expect From Lung Cancer Treatment

There have been rapid developments in the treatment of lung cancer in the last 10 years. Fortunately, because of earlier detection and improved therapies for patients with lung cancer, the outcomes for patients have improved significantly in recent years. The therapies used for treatment of lung cancer — chemotherapy, radiation,...

Colorectal Cancer

How to Rebuild Your Life After Colorectal Cancer

By Dr. Gerard Fumo Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute Colorectal cancer is one of the most preventable cancers if precancerous growths are removed during a colonoscopy.  In part, because of the advances in screening, detecting and removal of early cancers, we have seen a steady decline in the overall incidence of...


Suboxone Treatment Can Begin in the Emergency Room

On a recent Saturday, a patient was brought into The Hospital of Central Connecticut Emergency Department overdosing on opioids; doctors diagnosed him with Opioid Use Disorder and asked if he wanted to start recovery. When he agreed, they gave him a dose of Suboxone, a medication that eases what can...

Nutrition and Cancer

How an Oncology Nutritionist Can Help Your Body Fight Cancer

Nutrition is an essential part of health and shouldn’t be neglected when going through cancer treatment. MaryBeth Dahlstrom-Green, an oncology nutritionist with the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at Backus Hospital, said the often rigorous treatment required to fight cancer can leave patients physically and emotionally depleted. That’s where she comes...


Tallwood Men’s Health Center Opens in Farmington

The statistics say it all: Men are 1.4 times as likely as women to die from almost every chronic medical condition, and on average live five years less than women; according to the National Center for Health Statistics. A new program at Hartford HealthCare has been designed to change that: the Tallwood...


World Aids Day Dec 1, 2018: Know Your Status

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there were approximately 36.9 million people living with HIV at the end of 2017, with 1.8 million people becoming newly infected in 2017 globally. However, nearly 40 years into the pandemic – and 30 years since first observing Dec. 1 as World AIDS...