Ankle and Foot Pain

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Ankle and foot pain can arise due to various conditions and injuries. Conventional treatments for ankle injuries often involve surgical procedures like ankle fusion or replacement, aimed at removing damaged cartilage and replacing lost cartilage near the ankle bones. These procedures can be highly painful, and the recovery process may not always yield the desired results.

At Opdahl Regenerative Medicine in Vancouver, we offer an alternative to ankle surgeries and replacements through our Regenerative Medicine Therapy. By concentrating regenerative tissues before they develop into specialized cells within the body, we reintroduce them to the affected area of the foot or ankle, promoting a heightened form of natural healing.

Our healthcare providers are well aware of how an ankle or foot injury can impact your daily life. This is why Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy should be considered as an option when choosing a treatment for your injury. The procedure takes less than an hour, and it doesn’t involve the administration of drugs. Instead, patients receive injections of their own blood that has been concentrated to enhance the healing potential of the platelets within it. We’ve observed significant improvements in recovery times and overall outcomes among patients who opt for PRP therapy.

If you have ankle or foot pain, some common causes include:

Achilles Tendinopathy

Achilles’ tendinopathy is typically not related to a specific injury. The problem results from repetitive stress to the tendon.

Ankle Instability

Ankle instability can be chronic, often due to repeated sprains or rolling of the ankle.

Foot & Ankle Pain

The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis or “wear-and-tear” arthritis, which becomes more prominent as people age and can lead to foot and ankle pain.

High Ankle Sprain – Syndesmotic Injury

A high ankle sprain occurs when the lower leg and foot rotates externally or twists outwards instead or inwards.


Metatarsalgia refers to pain at the metatarsal heads (the balls of your feet).

Morton’s Neuroma

Morton’s neuroma refers to irritation of the interdigital nerves of the foot (the nerves that run in between the toes).

Os Navicularis Syndrome

The os navicularis is an accessory ossicle or small bone that is a normal variant however may predispose to certain tendon injuries and may itself be a source of pain.

Os Trigonum Syndrome

The os trigonum is an accessory ossicle or small bone that is a normal variant however may predispose to certain tendon injuries and may itself be a source of pain.

Peroneal Tendon Injury

The peroneal tendons are 2 tendons (peroneus longus and brevis) that run along the outside edge of your ankle.

Plantar Fasciitis

Irritation of the plantar fascia where it starts at the base of the calcaneus (heel bone) is the condition known as plantar fasciitis or plantar fasciopathy.

Plantar Fibromatosis

Plantar Fibromatosis is a mass of fibrous tissue that develops in the arch of the foot.

Posterior Tibial Injury

The posterior tibial tendon is responsible for maintaining the integrity of your foot arch.

Pre-Achilles & Retroachillies Bursitis

Achilles’ tendon bursitis, or retrocalcaneal bursitis, refers to inflammation or an accumulation of fluid within the retrocalcaneal bursa, a potential space that sits beneath the Achilles tendon but over the calcaneus.


A sesamoid is a bone embedded in a tendon, the largest of which is the kneecap (patella). “Sesamoiditis” most often refers to the 2 tiny bones underneath your big toe that can become irritated and cause pain.