Managing Ankle Pain
ligaments are extended beyond a point leading to minor or complete tears. Other causes of ankle pain can may be due to injury or degenerative conditions in local structures within or around the joint. Common injuries to the ankle occur in stop, start sports where turning at speed causes mechanical disfunction in the ankle- a rolled ankle is quite common in netball, afl and soccer.
Tips to managing ankle pain
- Apply RICE treatment to a new ankle strain or minor injury. Alternate between hot and cold applications and keep the ankle elevated.
- For serious injuries and long term pain in the ankle consult a medical practitioner. Scans and x-rays may be required.
- Deep tissue massage and functional active release can be used to to lengthen the Achilles tendon, the muscles of the calf or plantar fascia in the foot. A Chiropractor, Physiotherapist or Osteopath may assist with symptoms associated with tendonitis.
- Ankle joints are also susceptible to arthritis and gout. Your medical practitioner may recommend non-steroidal anti-inflammatories in this case.