Ankle Pain Treatment

Ankle pain is extremely common and can be the result of a variety of different causes. More than 1 million people per year visit the emergency room because of ankle injuries and they all agree, it’s no fun at all. Whether the pain is the product of a rolled or twisted ankle, an ankle sprain, a fractured bone, torn muscles, or an over-stressed tendon, early ankle pain treatment can make a huge difference in the length of the recovery time. When ankle pain is present, the first key is to pinpoint the source and reason for the pain.

Where is my ankle pain coming from?

Ankle pain is common among athletes, especially in sports like basketball or volleyball, but these injuries can affect anyone of any age at any time, athlete or not. Something as simple as walking on an uneven surface or changing directions too quickly can lead to an injured ankle. The specific ankle pain that you’re experiencing can be addressed through ankle physical therapy and categorized by the type of tissue that has been injured:

• Ankle fractures occur when one or more of the bones breaks
• Ankle sprains occur when the ligaments are overstretched or torn
• Ankle strains or tears affect the muscles
• Tendon injuries occur when the tendons become injured or inflamed as a result of overuse or trauma

Symptoms vary but include ankle pain, swelling, bruising, or an inability to walk or put weight on the injured joint.

When should I seek ankle pain treatment?

When it comes to ankle pain treatment, the sooner you’re able to begin, the better the chance you’ll have of a quick and efficient recovery. Beginning treatment right away can be the difference between a quick heal and a long-term issue. Ankle physical therapy can aid in targeting the specific issue and building a ankle pain treatment plan to help you recover quickly.

How can ankle physical therapy help?

Your physical therapist will work with you to design a treatment plan for your ankle pain that will allow for adequate healing with the long-term in mind. They’ll target specific areas to alleviate stiffness, improve your range of motion, and restore strength to the ankle and foot areas. Physical therapists have a number of tools in their “toolbox” and may incorporate techniques in your ankle pain treatment such as:

• Manual therapy, combining specific hands-on techniques and soft tissue massage to improve mobility and decrease pain.
• Exercise programs to target the ankle and surrounding structures, including hip and core strength.
• Balance retraining to treat existing proprioceptive deficits and to restore ankle joint stability.

Physical therapists can provide the necessary tools to prevent and/or treat ankle pain, allowing you to return to your favorite activities pain-free and better than ever! To learn more about ankle physical therapy and how to prevent ankle pain or eliminate any current discomfort, book a physical therapy assessment today.

“I was greatly impressed with the knowledge, expertise, thoroughness, and empathy of my therapist, Jonathan. He gave me the confidence and therapeutic treatment to get me from non-walking to walking. He built my confidence and help me move from a wheelchair to a walker, from a walker to a cane, from a cane to no assistance. The whole staff made me feel like a family member. They all went above and beyond what was expected. ”

– Brenda M.

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