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Ankle Pain

Overview

Ankle pain can manifest for various reasons, and it’s important tot understand the underlying causes to determine the appropriate treatment. Bones, ligaments, tendons and muscles make up the ankle. The ankle can be painful when injured or affected by illness. 

The pain might be on the inside or outside of the ankle, within the ankle joint, or behind the ankle along the Achilles tendon. Typically, milder pain that involves soft tissues respond well to conservative treatment, while more significant pain and reduced function would require further treatment.

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About Ankle Pain

Symptoms and common causes:

Tibialis Posterior tendinopathy
Pain on the inside of the ankle and foot. The tendon of the tibialis posterior muscle becomes stressed and irritated, causing pain, stiffness and discomfort while walking and standing. This is especially so on the first step in the morning, and with extended walking, running and jumping.

Peroneal tendinopathy
Pain on the outside of the ankle and foot. The tendon of the peroneal muscle becomes stressed and irritated, causing pain, stiffness and discomfort while walking and standing. This is especially so on the first step in the morning, and with extended walking, running and jumping.

Achilles tendinopathy
Pain at the back of the ankle and heel.The Achilles tendon becomes stressed and irritated, causing pain, stiffness and discomfort while walking and standing. This is especially so on the first step in the morning, and with extended walking, running and jumping. Achilles tendinopathy is one of the most common causes of ankle and heel pain.

Ankle sprains
A sprain to the ankle causes injury to the ligaments around the ankle. Such injuries can cause pain and swelling. Patients can also feel weakness and instability in the ankle.

Cartilage damage
In a more serious ankle sprain, the cartilage of the ankle joint can be injured and damaged. This may cause pain, swelling and stiffness in the ankle with difficulty walking and mobilising. If the fragment has come loose, it can also cause locking or instability symptoms.

Fractures
There are different types of ankle pain and each should be treated differently. While some ankle fractures can be treated like sprains, others may require surgery.

Gout
Gout can cause acute pain and soreness in the ankle, making it difficult to move and walk on. This is usually accompanied by swelling and warmth. It is a relatively uncommon cause of ankle pain.

Arthritis
Arthritis is not a common cause of ankle pain but can occasionally cause issues, especially with individuals with rheumatoid arthritis, or cartilage damage from an ankle injury.

How We Help

We can help manage ankle pain the following ways:

  • Accurate diagnosis: We will assess you and provide an accurate diagnosis on the cause of your ankle pain

For ankle pain caused by tendon or ligament issues, we can help with:

  • Shockwave therapy: Acoustic sound waves directed to the area of pain to stimulate healing and reduce pain.
  • Strengthening and stretching exercises for the ankle: Rehabilitation exercises help improve the stability of your ankle and repair the stressed tendons and ligaments.
  • Strapping: Application of sports tape can help reduce swelling, offload injured tissues, and prevent unwanted movement patterns.
  • Foot orthotics insoles: By contouring your arch and heel regions, foot orthotics can improve your foot function, offload stressed tissues and areas, and prevent unwanted movement patterns. We can prescribe general or precision-made customised foot orthotics, depending on your needs.

In cases where your ankle pain is more advanced and needs further treatment medically or surgically, we can refer you to the relevant specialty and work closely with them for your care.

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