Double Bay Podiatry Centre

Ankle Pain

Ankle ligaments connect the bones of the leg to the bones of the feet. When one of these ligaments sustains damage, it is commonly referred to as an ankle sprain. Sprained ankles are common among athletes. Any movement that puts the ankle in an abnormal position, particularly twists or falls, may cause an ankle sprain. When participating in athletic activities it is important to wear correct footwear because poor quality or inappropriate shoes may lead to this type of injury. Indications you may have a sprain include pain or soreness of the ankle. Other symptoms include:
  • Swelling or bruising
  • Difficulties walking
  • Joint stiffness
The assistance of a podiatrist is important in the treatment of ankle injuries. Initially, they can assist in confirming your diagnosis and the extent of the damage. In addition, podiatrists can use a number of treatment techniques to assist in reducing the pain and to promote healing.

This will facilitate your return to activity and sport, and limit possible long- term damage. Treatment is crucial for a sprained ankle and prompt medical attention is required because the leg may become weaker, the injury might not heal properly, or severe bone complications, such as a fracture, may occur.

A common treatment for a sprained ankle is RICE:
  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Compression
  • Elevation
Rest gives the ankle ligaments an opportunity to heal while ice helps reduce the inflammation. Compression β€” wrapping of the ankle with an elastic wrap –and elevation β€” supporting the ankle about 3 feet off the floor β€” work to decrease swelling. Recommended medications to help with pain are NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen, but some physicians may prescribe pain medications if the injury is severe.

An effective rehabilitation program is required to strengthen the ankle, restore movement and reduce the risk of the same injury reoccurring. A combination of footwear advice, strapping and possible Orthoses may be employed to further reduce this risk.

Call Us today: 02 9363 1922

Call Us today:
02 9363 1922