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ANKLE & FOOT PAIN TREATMENT

The Ankle is the most frequently sprained joint in the human body. Know the treatment options so you can move better.

The Ankle acts as the meeting point for the leg and foot bones and is subject to a lot of weight bearing activity. Bones, cartilage, ligaments tendons and muscles can be affected in any degeneration or sudden injury. Most common are Ankle strains, sprains and arthritis.

Common Causes Of Ankle & Foot Pain

A wide range of causes may to blame for your ankle & foot pain, usually a sprain or strain will be easier to identify than osteoarthritis.

• Achilles tendonitis
• Achilles tendon rupture
• Avulsion fracture
• Broken ankle/broken foot
• Gout
• Osteoarthritis
• Plantar fasciitis
• Sprained ankle
• Stress fractures

By educating our patients on how to treat pain, we can actually help you prevent it in the future. 

How We Treat Ankle Sprains

Together, we address the root imbalance or dysfunction of your pain – not just your symptoms. Through this approach, we can achieve faster relief and a greater chance of complete recovery.

For mild Ankle sprains home remedies and care involves:

• RICE: Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation
• Using crutches (If you have a spare set lying around)
• Taking an Anti-Inflammatory medication (Not recommended for more than 3 days)
• Taking all weight off your ankle

The number one goal in the treatment of Ankle sprains is to prevent the reoccurrence of a sprain and strengthen the entire area with post injury rehabilitation exercises.

Practical treatment intends to promote optimal stability and range of motion. It can include:

• Soft tissue mobilisation
• Joint manipulation
• Mobility exercises
• Balancing exercises

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Types Of Ankle Sprains

Sport or physical activity has a high correlation with ankle strains and sprains; sports tape can be used as a preventative measure, but may only offer some degree of support.

There are 2 types of ankle sprains:

Inversion Sprain
Most common is the inversion ankle sprain. It happens when your foot falls and twists towards your little toe and the outer ligaments are stretched too far. You will experience pain on the outside of your ankle.

Eversion Sprain
An eversion sprain is when your ankle falls and twists towards your big toe and the inner ligaments are stretched. You will typically have pain on the inside of your ankle.

Common Symptoms Of Ankle Sprains

• Swelling
• Tenderness
• Bruising
• Inability to put weight on the affected ankle
• Skin discoloration
• Stiffness

Ankle & foot pain can be extremely uncomfortable, sometimes requiring crutches, bruising is usually a way to quickly identify damage to the structure of the ankle. If bruising is visible, it is advisable that you make an appointment with a health professional.

At Point Cook Physical, our welcoming environment and friendly staff are willing to assist and listen to whatever concerns you may have in regards to physical pain. Make a booking with one of our qualified physiotherapy experts to help you with your pain today, and before your condition may worsen over time.

How We Diagnose Ankle Sprains

Checking for range of motion is typically the first step in diagnosing the grade or severity of an ankle sprain. Finding out what ligaments have been impacted will determine the course of action.

Medical Imaging

To provide further clarification and to make an accurate diagnosis, the practitioner may use medical imaging tests.

• MRI
• CT Scan
• X Ray

Using medical imaging tests can identify bone chipping and serious ligament damage, which is the worst case scenario in a rolled ankle scenario.

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM AN ANKLE & FOOT PAIN TREATMENT AT POINT COOK PHYSICAL

Here at Point Cook Physical, we believe in providing a thorough and comprehensive assessment at the start of each new session. Our Physiotherapists will then develop a safe, bespoke and effective treatment plan that’s specifically tailored to your needs, goals and lifestyle. Through a variety of exercise routines and relaxation techniques, our aim is to:

  • Identify the causes of physical pain
  • Prevent pain and injury
  • Strengthen your muscles
  • Reduce stiffness and pain
  • Manipulate and mobilise joints
  • Rehabilitate injuries through exercises
  • Achieve peak fitness if you have ongoing health issues
  • Educate again poor movement habits

Ankle & foot pain treatment is a drug-free and surgery-free path to relieve you from your aches and pains, help you recover from illness and stay healthy.

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