Ankle pain can significantly reduce your quality of life. Your ankle might be hurting for a number of different reasons.
What Could Be The Reason Why Your Ankle Hurts?
A variety of events in your life may cause foot and ankle pain. An injury to the foot or ankle can cause excruciating pain and make it difficult to bear weight on the affected area. Even minor pain can lead to physical limitations in your daily life.
Ankle pain may occur suddenly due to acute injury or may develop over time due to chronic underlying conditions. There are several common causes of ankle pain, including, but not limited to the following:
Achilles Tendinitis –
A sudden strain in the Achilles tendon can cause tiny tears, and can result in inflammation at the back of your ankle. It is important that your Achilles tendon heals with rest, or scar tissue may occur, causing the need for surgery.
Arthritis is a very common inflammatory condition that affects the joints and results in pain. The most common types include osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Both types of arthritis can greatly impact the ankle joints and can also affect anyone at any age.
Bursitis occurs when the tendons rub against the “bursae” or anti-friction sacs, causing them tFlat Feet – While having flat feet is usually painless, it can cause your ankles to hurt or swell if your feet are not in line with your knees.
If you break one of the 3 bones in your ankle (tibia, fibula, or talus), you will experience ankle pain. A fracture to the ankle could result in weeks of downtime to ensure proper healing.
Chronic lateral ankle pain –
If the outside of your ankle hurts, this could be due to a previous injury that didn’t heal correctly. The less stable your ankle joints are, the more they hurt.
Lupus is an autoimmune disease that can affect any part of your body, including your ankles.
Strained Ankle –
Sprains and strains happen often, and oftentimes, they get confused with each other! A sprain occurs when a ligament is stretched too far or torn, while a strain occurs when a muscle or tendon is stretched too far. Both of these injuries should be checked out by a medical professional to ensure no lasting damage will occur.
Fortunately, Pro-X Physical Therapy has been shown to help with the rehabilitation of injured extremities as well as the relief of acute and chronic pain.
How Can A Physical Therapist Relieve Your Ankle Pain?
If you or a loved one are experiencing ankle pain that is keeping you down in life, physical therapy can help. During your initial appointment, our physical therapist will perform a thorough assessment to determine the source of your pain and then create a personalized treatment plan for your condition.
The majority of our treatment plans for ankle pain incorporate specialized hands-on manual therapy techniques, exercises, and stretches to restore joint mobility, improve balance, and strengthen the ankle muscles. We will do everything in our power to alleviate your discomfort and improve your strength and circulation, so you can get back to moving with ease.
We will also re-evaluate your treatment plan over time and may recommend lifestyle changes or orthotics to prevent re-injury or additional problems in the future.