Treatment For Ankle Pain
The ankle joint allows for our feet to move up and down. An ankle injury is common to see in the clinic, and most likely to occur due to a sporting injury. The ankle is made up of 3 bones- the Tibia (shin bone), fibula (next to shin bone) and the Talus (a foot bone that the shin bones sit on top of). The foot and ankle are made up of multiple ligaments - the 3 common lateral (outer) ankle ligaments to injury are: anterior talofibular (ATFL), the calcaneofibular (CFL), and posterior talofibular (PTFL) and less commonly sprained ligaments on the medial (inside) of the foot are called the deltoid ligaments.
Causes Of Ankle Pain
Ankle or lower leg pain is commonly seen by our osteopaths. The most common cause for ankle pain is an ankle sprain, this is generally a sprain of one or more of the 3 lateral ligaments in the ankle - ATFL (anterior talofibular ligament) , CFL (calcaneofibular) and PTFL (posterior talofibular). Causes for ankle pain can include a sporting injury, walking or running on an uneven terrain, weakness within the ankle, or over- training (eg. excessive increase in running).
Common Ankle Pain We Treat
Ankle fracture- A broken ankle is also known as an ankle "fracture." This means that one or more of the bones that make up the ankle joint are broken. A fractured ankle can range from a simple break in one bone, which may not stop you from walking, to several fractures, which forces your ankle out of place and may require the ankle to be imobile for 6-12 weeks depending on the fracture.
Ankle sprain- An injury that occurs when the ankle rolls, twists or turns in an awkward way. You can also have what's called a high ankle sprain or a syndesmotic sprain. Which is a sprain of the syndesmotic ligament, which joins the two shin bones - tibia and fibula.
Plantar fasciitis - Plantar fasciitis is inflammation and irritation of the plantar fascia, a fibrous band along the bottom of your foot that connects your heel bone to your toe.
Achilles tear - A partial or complete disruption of the tendon just above the heel, resulting in inability to raise the foot
Osteopathy For Ankle Pain Treatment
Osteopathic treatment is hands-on and can help with ankle pain by reducing pain, increasing range of motion and promotes blood flow. Management and treatment aims to focus on educating the client, and building strength and stability within the ankle joint to help prevent further injuries.
How Can Living Health Group Help You?
Living Health Group can help with osteopathy and remedial massage to help relieve surrounding tight muscles and joint restrictions. In conjunction with dry needling, we can further reduce tightness and encourage blood flow to the area to promote healing. Ankle injuries strongly benefit from stability and strengthening rehabilitation exercises which can be provided by our team of Osteopaths or Myotherapists to prevent re-injury from occurring.