The ankle joint is formed by the connection of three bones; the talus, or ankle bone, and the tibia and fibula, the lower leg bones. It’s a hinge joint, but its unique construction also allows it to swivel and turn smoothly.
When we walk, the ankle bears 1.5 times our weight; when we run, it bears 8 times our weight. This strong, dependable joint can be seriously strained if these pressures are applied when the foot or leg is twisted, causing the ankle to be injured.
MultiCare Orthopedics & Sports Medicine is staffed by a wide range of musculoskeletal experts to help treat your ankle pain, including:
Orthopedic surgeons — Orthopedic surgeons specialize in surgeries on the joints, bones and supporting structures of the musculoskeletal system.
Pain Management Specialists — Pain management specialists are doctors who focus on treating patients who suffer from chronic pain issues, to help patients feel less pain. Learn more about our Pain Management program.
Physiatrists — Physiatrists, or rehabilitation physicians, treat conditions that affect how you move. They often work with patients who are experiencing pain, mobility problems or other issues after an illness or injury. Learn more about our Physiatrists.
Physical Therapists — Physical therapists are health care professionals trained to work with people to help them regain mobility and function after an illness or injury, or during recovery from some kinds of surgeries. Learn more about Physical Therapy at MultiCare.
Podiatrists — Podiatrists specialize in treating illnesses and injuries of the foot and ankle. Learn more about Podiatry at MultiCare.
Sports Medicine Specialists — Sports medicine doctors typically focus on treating conditions or injuries related to sports or exercise. Their patients range from serious athletes to people who simply lead active lives. Learn more about Sports Medicine.
Since ankle pain can be caused by a number of conditions or injuries, your first step in diagnosing your pain is to be seen by one of our providers. Your initial appointment will be usually be with one of our orthopedic surgeons or sports medicine doctors. The doctor will complete a full evaluation of your symptoms and recent activities. X-rays, and MRI or CT scans may be necessary.
Finding the reason for your pain will help determine your treatment, as well as which provider or providers will be part of your treatment team.
To learn more or to make an appointment, select one of the providers listed above, or call:
Pierce County Locations (except Mountain Clinic):
South King County Locations: