Ankle injuries are incredibly common in all age brackets, and have a variety of causes including sports, work, exercise and everyday injuries. Sports such as basketball and skiing make players more susceptible to ankle injury. Everyday activities such as rolling an ankle on an uneven footpath can cause the development of an ankle injury.
Podiatrists have the knowledge and treatment to successfully treat ankle injuries, using a variety of tailored treatments that strive decrease pain and increase mobility. When dealing with ankle injuries, it is vital that they are treated promptly to prevent unnecessary strain on the joint that could develop into a long term problem.
Your ankle’s muscles and tendons control the way you move and are stabilised on your feet. If you experience pain or have difficulty moving the ankle joint, it is important that you seek treatment from a podiatrist.
There is no single cause for ankle pain, yet it is important that the cause is accurately diagnosed by your podiatrist in order to develop appropriate treatment. The injury may stem from damage to the bone, muscle, tendon or ligament and a variety of tests can enable the source of pain to be located.
When the muscles surrounding the ankle are weak, your ligaments are not protected, will stretch and could result in a sprain or ligament rupture. Another type of ankle injury is a fracture or break. The recovery from a break or fracture can be effectively treated by a podiatrist.
The most effective ankle treatment involves a combination of hands on treatment and exercises prescribed by your podiatrist. Physical treatments will restore normal motion of the joint, and loosen tense muscles around the ankle. Furthermore, your rehabilitation exercises are designed to quicken your recovery, and build strength to prevent further injury.
Your podiatrist’s treatment plan is tailored to your history, injury and physical goals. Regardless of your ankle pain’s cause- surgery, injury or other causes, your podiatrist will provide you with the treatment and long term solutions for recovery.
When to Visit a Podiatrist
If pain and other symptoms —persist, limit normal daily activities and contact one of the podiatrists at the footinjuryclinic.