Ankle Pain

Ankle Pain

Ankle Injuries

Overview:

The most common ankle injuries are sprains and fractures. A sprain is an injury to the ligaments which may take a few weeks to many months to heal completely depending on severity. You can also injure other parts of the ankle such as the tendons, which join muscle to bone, and cartilage, which cushions your joints.

Anatomy:

The ankle joint is formed where the foot and the leg meet. It is a hinge joint that connects the ends of the shin bones (the tibia and fibula) with the main bone in the ankle (the talus). The articulation between the tibia and the talus bears more weight than between the smaller fibula and the talus.

Common injuries of the ankle
There are many different injuries associated with the ankle, some common examples include:

Side view of the lower leg and a torn Achilles tendon

Side view of the lower leg and a torn Achilles tendon

  • Ankle sprain
  • Inversion sprain
  • Eversion sprain
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Sever’s disease
  • Tibialis posterior tendonitis
  • Compartment syndrome
  • Shin splints
  • Calcaneal bursitis
  • Ankle dislocation
  • Ankle fracture
  • Sinus Tarsi Syndrome

Causes:

  • Direct or indirect trauma
  • Muscular imbalance
  • Poor exercise technique
  • Improper use of equipment
  • Poor foot or knee mechanics
  • Accumulative stress
  • Inadequate foot wear
  • Congenital anomalies

Treatment:

  • A thorough assessment of the injury so time is not wasted treating the wrong conditionAnkle Injuries treatments
  • Reduce swelling by compression devices, ice and/or taping techniques
  • Use cross friction massage to promote healing and reduce scar tissue development
  • Correction of any biomechanical dysfunction through gentle mobilisation or manipulation
  • Stretch lower limb muscles frequently
  • Some ankle injuries may be aided by Radial Shock Wave Therapy
  • Prescribe a full ankle rehabilitation programme to strengthen the joint and help prevent future ankle injuries:

 

Kinesiology taping for an ankle injury

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The practitioners at Gladesville Healthcare specialise in the treatment of ankle injuries of all types and commonly deal with all of the above condition and problems. Our success is based on a blend of evidence-based therapy, clinical experience and individual injury management.

 

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