Why We Treat Ankle Pain

Research suggests that up to 70% of people who suffer an ankle sprain develop some residual ankle pain issues. Other stubborn ankle pains develop gradually due to repetetive strain mechanisms.

Finding that you can’t perform normal day-to-day activities without nagging ankle pain is annoying at best, and seriously life limiting at worst.  The ability to move and just be comfortable are a big part of our most basic wellbeing. In addition, the ability to move freely is fundamental to us thriving and providing for ourselves and our families. 

We take ankle pain seriously, and our decisive approach to its treatment reflects that.

How to Treat Ankle Pain

We work hard to relieve your ankle pain as quickly as possible. Using interventions that ease muscle spasm, increase tissue mobility, increase blood flow, decrease inflammation & break up scar tissue.

Our treatments combine some of the most advanced pain management technologies available anywhere, with a range of manual pain relief methods. Our vision for the care we provide is pretty simple  ‘’All the stuff that actually works and none of the stuff that doesn’t – under one roof’’’

If you need preventative measures for long-standing ankle pain we have got you covered. Combining specific sets of glute and leg exercises with tailored ergonomic solutions is the key to preventing recurrence in most cases of stubborn ankle pain.

Ankle Pain Causes

Your ankles bear your body weight millions of times per year. There are numerous possible causes of ankle pain, most of which relate either to faulty movement patterns, scar tissue build up, or weakness from old injuries.

Ankle Pain Treatments

It can be hard to get effective treatment for ankle pain. Correct treatment choices for ankle pain depend heavily on the type of ankle pain you have. There are a wide range of treatments that can help with different ankle pains.

Ankle Pain Exercises

Ankle Pain Exercises The majority of ankle pain sufferers have weakness of the muscles that support their ankle and some loss of mobility in their ankles. Our exercise program carefully targets both of these with in depth explanations

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
Genetic predispositions 
Scar tissue
Weakness in lower leg & ankle muscles 
Weakness in hip & knee muscles
Glutes not firing properly
Old injuries and sprains
Problems with running technique
Back problems
Muscle Tears
Bone Cancers
Infections
Arthritis 

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..

Acupuncture 
Cryotherapy 
Scar Tissue Release ( Graston Technique / Guasha )
Deep Tissue Release
Post-Isometric Stretches
Joint Mobilisation
Extracorporeal Shock Therapy 
Balance & Proprioception Exercises
Custom Orthotics

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. 

Scar tissue, tendonitis, flat feet, muscle weakness, unresolved sprains, arthritis, joint infections, bone diseases and even gout can cause ankle pain with no swelling. It’s more probable that you have some scar tissue, weakness or an unresolved sprain than anything more serious. Persistent pains, however, are not supposed to be ignored, so see a trained health professional if you are having problems. 

There are many pain conditions that can feel very much like the onset of ankle arthritis. The only reliable way to know if you have ankle arthritis is by a combination of a physical exam and X-Ray. It is worth being aware that confirming that you have ankle arthritis doesn’t also mean that your pain is arthritic pain. Many people, for example, have ankle arthritis and ankle tendonitis and find that it was, in fact, the tendonitis causing their pain

As you may have gathered we advise against attempts at self-diagnosing conditions like ankle arthritis. If you have stubborn pain and stiffness in one or both of your ankles that is proving to be persistent seek professional advice. 

There is a wide range of physical issues that can cause sharp ankle pains when walking. The possible causes are much the same as the possible causes of any kind of ankle pain and they include..

Very high arches
Flat feet
Scar tissue
Weakness in lower leg & ankle muscles
Weakness in hip & knee muscles
Old injuries and sprains
Problems with running technique
Muscle Tears
Bone Cancers
Infections
Arthritis 

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