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Ankle Pain

The ankle  

is the bony joint between your tibia and talus but it involves many different muscles/tendons, ligaments and bones. Structures around the ankle can be injured in many different ways such as a roll (in or out), repetitive movements (e.g increased running/walking), a fall/misstep or a forceful twist.

The direction the ankle moved during your injury will determine which structures may have been damaged.

Most people can relate to an ankle sprain as it is the most commonly sprained ligament complex in the entire body.

Common symptoms:

  • Swelling

  • Bruising - this may be at the location of pain or even further into the foot

  • Difficulty weight-bearing

  • Decreased range of motion of the ankle/foot

  • Pain first thing in the morning or during warm-up

Your Physio will complete a detailed assessment to ascertain the cause of your ankle pain. They will also will address any contributing factors, to reduce any risk of your pain returning. Our team will then design an individualised treatment plan for you which may include a rehabilitation/exercise program and treatment methods such as soft tissue therapy, stretching, dry needling and mobilisation. All rehabilitation programs are very flexible to suits your goals, needs and budget. See our membership models for some of the options. Rehabilitation can also be completed by you independently at home, if this is preferred.

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Common causes of ankle pain

  • Lateral Ligament Sprain

  • Medial Ligament Sprain

  • Achilles Tendinopathy

  • Plantarfasciitis

  • Tibialis Posterior Tendinopathy

  • Cuboid Syndrome

  • Chrondral (joint cartilage) Inflammation/injury

  • Chronic Instability

  • Sinus Tarsi Inflammtion

  • Stress Fractures

Steps to take

1. Gain understanding as to what structure is involved and what the contributing factors are

2. Exercise your ankles regularly

Appropriate exercise and stretching can increase strength, flexibility & function to an injured ankle which will help both in the short and long term

3. Beneficial exercises for most ankle issues (do not complete these if you have discomfort during)

  • Single-leg Standing Calf Raises

  • Single-leg Seated Calf Raises

  • Big Toe Banded Flexion

  • Balance Practice

See our Your Tube Channel for exercise demonstrations: https://www.youtube.com/@barwonsportsphysiotherapy3640

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 How do you book an appointment? 

Call us on 

03 5278 1121

Visit us

30 Bellerine St, Geelong OR

Shop 6, 57 Thompson Road 

Belmont

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