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    Ankle Pain

    Most ankle sprains are lateral sprains, which occur when your foot rolls and twists your outside ankle toward the ground. The ligaments are stretched or ripped as a result of this action. 

    A sprained ankle typically swells and bruises for 7 to 14 days. On the other hand, a severe injury may take several months to heal fully. 


    Arthritis can also cause pain because the joint that connects the ankle to the leg is damaged or worn out. In severe cases, nerve damage or injury may cause chronic ankle pain.

    Symptoms of Ankle Pain

    Symptoms of ankle pain vary depending on the severity of the condition you may have, and these can include:

    • Pressure or constriction on the forehead, sides, and back of the head
    • Walking with a limp
    • Swelling
    • Immobility
    • Discolouration
    A young woman massaging her painful ankle

    How can we help with your ankle pain

    During the consultation, our chiropractors will perform a physical examination to determine the cause and severity of your knee or ankle pain. In addition to the physical exam, we will review your past medical history and any recent X-ray results to determine the source of your pain. It is critical to identify the source of the pain in order to recommend the best course of treatment and rehabilitation. Treatment will be tailored to your specific condition, and options may include:


    Chiropractic Adjustments

    To improve spinal function and spine mobility and alleviate the stress on your nerve system.


    Myofascial Therapy

    Relaxes contracted muscles and releases the fascia that covers the muscle.

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    Active Release Therapy

    This technique applies to patients with chronic pain issues. Active release helps soft tissue with past injury to break away from adhesion, therefore increasing mobility and reducing inflammation


    Dry needling

    There are many benefits of dry needling, including its ability to relieve pain, improve range of motion, and increase blood flow to the affected area. It is also a relatively safe and low-risk treatment option compared to other therapy forms.


    Home rehabilitation and exercise

     Introduce our simple home rehabilitation exercise you can follow to speed up your recovery.

    FAQs about ankle pain

    Ankle pain without an injury can be caused by a number of different conditions. One of the most common is tendonitis, which is inflammation of the tendons that attach muscle to bone. It can be caused by overuse or repetitive movements, such as running or jumping. Another possible cause is arthritis, which is inflammation in the joints and can lead to pain and stiffness in the ankles. Other causes include gout, nerve impingement, and bursitis.

    An ankle injury can be serious, so it is important to assess the type and severity of your pain. If you experience sudden, sharp pain that occurs suddenly after an injury such as a fall or twist, it is likely that you have sustained a sprain or fracture. In this case, it is important to seek medical attention right away.
    If the pain is more of a dull ache that gradually worsens over time, it could be caused by tendinitis or arthritis. These conditions can worsen if left untreated, so it is best to consult with your doctor for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan. Your doctor may order imaging tests such as x-rays or MRI scans to assess the severity of the injury and determine the best course of action.

    It is also important to note any other symptoms that accompany the ankle pain. Swelling, bruising, redness, and limited range of motion are all signs of a serious injury and should be evaluated by a medical professional.

    There are several signs of arthritis in the ankles. The most common symptom is pain and stiffness, which can range from mild to severe. Pain may be worse when you move your ankle or put weight on it. Other symptoms include swelling, redness, warmth, and decreased range of motion. You may also notice a grinding sensation when you move your ankle joint or hear a popping sound. If you experience any of these symptoms, it is important to see a doctor for diagnosis and treatment.

    Gout is a form of arthritis that can cause pain, swelling and stiffness in the affected joint. The most common area for gout to affect is the big toe, however it can also affect other joints such as the ankle. Signs of gout in the ankle include severe pain and tenderness in the joint, redness, swelling and warmth around the joint, and limited range of motion. Additionally, there may be visible deposits of uric acid crystals around the joint that are visible under a microscope.
    If you think you may have gout in your ankle, it’s important to seek medical attention from your doctor. They will be able to diagnose your condition through physical examination and laboratory tests. Treatment typically involves medications to reduce inflammation and pain as well as lifestyle changes such as reducing alcohol consumption and avoiding high-purine foods like red meat or seafood. With proper treatment, it’s possible to manage symptoms of gout and reduce flare-ups.

    Ankle tendonitis is an inflammation of the tendons in the ankle joint. It is often caused by overuse or repetitive movements that strain the tendons. Symptoms of ankle tendonitis include pain and swelling around the ankle joint, difficulty moving the foot, and a feeling of tightness in the affected area. Treatment for ankle tendonitis includes rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE). Physical therapy can also be used to help strengthen the muscles around the ankle joint and reduce inflammation. In more severe cases, steroid injections or surgery may be recommended.