Ankle Pain FAQ
Most of the common causes of ankle pain are movement or weakness issues that have lead to a gradual build up of stress in the connective tissues of the ankle over time. Other causes include injury and even serious disease processes. Potential causes of ankle pain include…
Very high arches
Flat feet or low arches
Tight IT Band
Weakness in lower leg & ankle muscles
Weakness in hip & knee muscles
Glutes not firing properly
Old injuries and sprains
Problems with running technique
The best treatment for ankle pain is ultimately the one that proves to be effective in your particular case. In many ways treatment for pain is a lot like diet, in the sense that we all have requirements that are somewhat unique.
Broadly speaking the goals of treatment are pain relief and figuring out why the pain is happening in the first place. The majority of regular, uncomplicated ankle pain sufferers respond well to treatments that are designed to promote blood flow and collagen regeneration. Beyond pain relief, many cases require some form of slightly longer term rehab program, and insoles/orthotics can be useful too.
Specific treatments for ankle pain that have proven useful for us over the years include..
Scar Tissue Release ( Graston Technique / Guasha )
Deep Tissue Release
Extracorporeal Shock Therapy
Balance & Proprioception Exercises
There are a great many tendons that cross the ankle joint. These tendons are the attachments for the muscles of the lower leg many of which are just passing through on their way to insertions on the foot bones. Ankle tendonitis or ankle tendinosis as we prefer to call it these days is caused by microscopic wear and tear in an ankle tendon.
The primary symptom associated with ankle tendonitis/ ankle tendinosis is pain related to movement. Some cases of ankle tendinitis generate sharp sudden ‘catching’ or ‘pinching’ pain felt at certain times and in certain positions. Other cases of tendinitis manifest as difficulty bearing weight or moving without what feels like pain from the joint. Achilles tendinitis/tendinosis is soften associated with obvious thickening of the tendon.
Web based information like this can be an excellent way to raise your ‘health IQ’, we do however advise against self diagnosis. If you have persistent ankle pain and you suspect it could be tendinosis or tendonitis get yourself to someone professionally trained to diagnose ankle pains.