The orthopedic specialists at The Medical Center of Aurora (TMCA) have years of training and experience in bone, joint and muscle injuries and illnesses. We provide compassionate, team-based and personalized care for ankle injuries and conditions, which are complex and require specialized training. Our goal is to treat your ankle condition and get you back to your active lifestyle as quickly as possible.

We’re home to a team of orthopedic experts who work tirelessly to diagnose and treat ankle injuries and conditions. We work closely with a collaborative team of medical professionals including nurses, staff and rehabilitation specialists to provide a comprehensive treatment program. We work from newly renovated ORs with the latest in advanced orthopedic surgery technology.

Treatment Outcomes and Patient Satisfaction

TMCA offers a wide range of treatment options, including surgical and non-surgical modalities, to address ankle injuries and conditions and meet each patient’s unique goals and needs. Our physicians have great surgical treatment outcomes and get patients back to their daily activities quickly and safely.

Many of the orthopedic physicians at TMCA are second- and third-generation physicians here in Aurora. They continue to practice orthopedic medicine at TMCA and give patients the best possible treatment outcomes for orthopedic conditions.

In addition to providing great surgical outcomes for patients, TMCA is #1 in outpatient satisfaction scores among Denver HealthONE hospitals for providing compassionate, evidence-based orthopedic care.

Find Out More

If you’d like to learn more about the TMCA orthopedic treatment methods for ankle conditions, or if you’d like to schedule an appointment with one of our specialists, please call 303-873-0630.

Ankle Conditions We Treat

Conditions In Depth

Achilles Tendon Rupture

The Achilles tendon connects the calf muscles to the heel bone. A rupture occurs when there is a tearing or separation of the tendon fibers. Achilles tendon rupture can be caused by overuse, overstretching or overworking an inflamed tendon, or by injury or trauma.

Symptoms include sudden, extreme pain and swelling at the back of the heel, and inability to walk or place pressure on the leg. For patients diagnosed with Achilles tendon rupture, initial treatment can include bed rest and restricted activity, ice to reduce swelling, elevation and compression bandages. Crutches or a walker may be recommended, and over-the-counter or prescription pain medication may help reduce discomfort.

Surgery is the most common treatment for this condition. The orthopedic surgeons at TMCA operate to sew the tendon back together. A cast, splint, walking boot, or brace is worn for 6-8 weeks. One of the benefits of surgery is that it lowers the risk of re-rupturing the tendon and supports patients that are physically active. Learn more here.

Achilles Tendinopathy

Tendinopathy is an injury to the tendon. The Achilles tendon connects the calf muscle at the heel bone. An Achilles tendinopathy is pain in this tendon. It can cause pain and swelling and make it difficult to move. Tendinopathy is most often caused by overuse of a muscle and tendon. Symptoms include pain, swelling, stiffness and tenderness at the heel or ankle.

Tendinopathy may take weeks or months to fully heal. Treatment includes rest and physical therapy to strengthen the tendons and muscles and prevent further injury. A period of rest, followed by a gradual return to normal activity, will decrease the chance of damaging the tendon again.

Physical therapy will be used to strengthen the muscles after the injury has healed. Prescription or over-the-counter medications may be advised to reduce pain. Learn more here.

Ankle fracture

An ankle fracture is a break of a bone in the ankle joint. The joint is made up of 3 bones, the tibia (shin bone), fibula and talus. The ankle joint is also supported by 3 groups of ligaments, and an injury that causes a fracture may also damage these ligaments.

An ankle fracture can occur when the joint is forced beyond its normal range of motion, or if the ankle sustains a direct blow. Immediate and intense pain, swelling, bruising and tenderness, and inability to put weight on the affected foot all indicate an ankle fracture.

The treatment method recommended by the TMCA team will depend on he severity of the fracture, and may include surgery, support devices, physical therapy and pain relief medications. Learn more here.

Ankle replacement

Ankle replacement is a surgical procedure to place an artificial device in the ankle. The devices replace bone and joint structures damaged by disease or injury.

If you’re undergoing ankle replacement surgery, some key steps to preparing for surgery include arranging a ride to and from the surgery, arranging for help at home, installing safety equipment in the bathroom and shower, and arranging to minimize stairs or long-term travel on foot during recovery from surgery.

The surgery should take between 2-3 hours. During surgery, you will be under general or regional anesthesia and should not experience much pain. Pain medications may be prescribed after surgery to help manage the pain and discomfort while you heal. Recovery time will depend on overall health and amount of work that was done. The ankle will not be able to support weight and may be immobilized for up to 6 weeks. Learn more here.

Ankle sprain

An ankle sprain is a partial or complete tear of the ligaments that support the ankle. Ankle sprains may be caused by falling or a sudden twisting of the ankle. There will be pain, swelling, and bruising around the ankle, and a worsening of pain when walking, standing, pressing on the sore area, or moving the ankle.

The ankle will need time to heal. During this time, care may include rest and relaxation, ice, compression, elevation and support with a walking brace or boot. Once the ankle has healed, physical therapy will be recommended to strengthen the ankle and prevent further injury. Surgery is rarely needed to repair an ankle sprain. Learn more here.