What to do About Ankle & Foot Pain
Tendinopathy (sometimes referred to as tendonitis) is when a tendon becomes sore usually due to a gradual overload/overuse reaction or can be due to an acute injury due to sport or trauma. Tendinopathy of the ankle often involves the following tendons: Achilles tendon, the posterior tibial tendon, or the peroneal tendon. Sometimes tendinopathy can be due to an underlying inflammatory diseases or illnesses such as reactive arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis.
All forms of tendinopathy cause pain, often some swelling or thickening and tenderness in the tendon area involved. Immediate treatment of acute tendinopathy involves immobilising the area, elevation, limiting weightbearing, applying ice, and using nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) after 24 hours if an acute injury. Graduated return to activity and a loading regime and strengthening exercises is usually recommended. Recovery can take 3-6 months with a presenting overuse injury.
If you are unsure of concerned about your Ankle pain then contact one of our Physiotherapists who can help diagnose your condition and put together a recovery plan with a specific exercise regime and personalised advice.
Ankle Pain: The ankle joint is the meeting of the bones of the leg and the foot and is responsible for the up and down motion of the foot. In popular usage, the ankle is often considered to be the ankle joint plus the surrounding anatomic region, including the lower end of the leg and the start of the flat part of the foot. Pain in the ankle can result from inflammation or injury to any of the structures in this region, including the bones, joint space, cartilage, ligaments, tendons, or muscles.
What are the symptoms? Ankle pain can be associated with symptoms including
Common causes of ankle pain include sprains or plantar fasciitis. Rheumatoid arthritis, gout, osteoarthritis and other types of arthritis can also cause ankle pain. Achilles tendinopathy is another potential cause.
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Ankle & Foot Pain Explained