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The front part of the ankle on the outside of the foot is called the sinus tarsi. This area is an opening between the heel and ankle bone. Sinus tarsi syndrome is a painful condition that affects this area and can impact mobility. Our pain specialists at DOCS Health offer sinus tarsi injection treatment to relieve ankle pain at our medical center in Los Angeles, CA.

Sinus tarsi syndrome is often caused by an ankle sprain. Rolling your ankle to the outside and stretching a ligament is one of the most common reasons for sinus tarsi pain. This condition can also be caused by an impingement of the sinus tarsi tissues from the ankle rolling inward. In either case, the symptoms may begin slow or suddenly. Symptoms include pain on the outside of the foot near the ankle. Patients may also experience a feeling of ankle instability. Sinus tarsi syndrome pain may increase with activity.

Treatment for Sinus Tarsi Pain

Mild cases of sinus tarsi syndrome or pain can often be resolved with conservative home treatments. Rest, ice and OTC NSAIDs are often the first course of treatment. Wearing an ankle brace or specialized footwear may be recommended. When these treatments are not effective in relieving ankle pain in the sinus tarsi area, a sinus tarsi injection may be recommended.

Steroid injections can reduce inflammation in the tissues in the sinus tarsi area. The injection contains a local anesthetic and steroid, which can offer immediate pain relief and continuing relief as the steroid take effect. Steroid injections can start reducing inflammation within a few days after treatment. This reduces impingement on the tissues that may be causing ankle pain. Our orthopedic specialists at DOCS Health can determine the exact location to deliver steroid medication for the best results.

If you have sinus tarsi ankle pain, injection therapy may be an option to give you relief. To learn more about sinus tarsi injection treatment, contact our team at DOCS Health in Beverly Hills, CA, to schedule an ankle pain consultation to learn more about our treatments for sinus tarsi pain conditions.