Ankle Pain Specialist

Robert E. Karsch, MD, FAAOS -  - Orthopaedic Surgeon

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Robert E. Karsch, MD, FAAOS

Orthopaedic Surgeon & Sports Medicine Specialist located in Decatur, GA

Ankle pain can make it difficult to walk or even stand. Located in Decatur and Sandy Springs, Dr. Karsch offers diagnosis and treatment for patients in the Greater Atlanta area. Dr. Karsch has over 20 years of experience dealing with ankle pain.

Ankle Pain Q & A

What Causes Ankle Pain?

The ankle consists of three bones attached by muscles, tendons, and ligaments that connect the foot to the leg. This complex structure can be susceptible to injury. Pain can occur on the inside or outside of your ankle and along the Achilles tendon, which connects the muscles in your lower leg to your heel bone. Severe ankle pain, especially following injury, should be seen by a doctor to avoid sustaining permanent damage.

How Is An Ankle Injured?

Most ankle pain and injuries occur from excessive rolling and twisting of the ankle, usually as the result of an accident, or activities such as jumping or falling causing sudden stress to the joint. Ankle injuries are common in athletes or those whose work is demanding and physical. The injuries can be the result of a torn ligament (ankle sprain) or from a broken bone (ankle fracture) both of which can result in severe pain and impaired mobility. The ankle joint is stabilized by different ligaments and other soft tissues, which may also be injured during an ankle fracture. If an ankle is fractured, there is immediate swelling and pain around the ankle as well as impaired mobility.

How Does an Orthopaedist Help Ankle Pain?

Depending on what is causing the ankle pain, treatment can vary. For sprains, the R.I.C.E. method (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation) will be used. Depending on the grade of the sprain, with grade 3 being the worst, follow-up treatment such as immobilization, medications, or physical therapy might be prescribed. If the ankle is fractured, surgery might be necessary to repair torn ligaments and help bones to mend. Arthroscopy may be an option to repair ligaments as well. The benefits of arthroscopy compared to the alternative, open ankle surgery, include:

  • Smaller incisions
  • Minimal soft tissue trauma
  • Less pain
  • Faster healing time
  • Lower infection rate
  • Less scarring
  • Earlier mobilization
  • Usually performed as outpatient day surgery

Insurance Accepted

Please call the office for questions regarding billing and insurance. We accept most insurance plans that do not require a referral from a Primary Care Physician and will do our best to inform you of your co-pays, deductibles, and network participation. We do not accept any form of Medicaid or Tricare. We are pleased to offer CareCredit as a payment option.

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