Orange County’s Guide to Ankle Pain:
What is ankle pain?
One major misconception about ankle pain is that it only happens to athletes however ankle problems can occur no matter what your age or activity. Due to the ever changing surfaces we walk on, our ankle and foot takes quite a beating. There are numerous factors that can result in ankle pain. Choosing to wear or not to wear shoes, the type of shoe, the kind of surface we walk on, and the kind of activity we engage in may only be minimally related to ankle pain. On the other hand, poor balance, ankle mobility or lack of mobility, abnormal knee position, weakness of hip muscles, and poor core stabilization will all effect how the ankle and foot is loaded when stepping, jumping, or running. These factors directly influence ankle health and strength. Proper management and evaluation is important in preventing injury, staying healthy, and improving performance.
The main types of ankle pain
What can you do about your ankle pain?
The solution to your ankle pain depends on the source of your pain and type of injury you may have sustained. The first step is to consult with your doctor and discuss their recommendations for treating the pain in your ankle. Your doctor may recommend restrictions on specific activities, medication and/or physical therapy. You can try the following steps now to help alleviate your pain.
Six stretches for ankle pain
Try these exercises to help alleviate your ankle pain. Consult with your doctor or physical therapist before you try these and stop if you sense discomfort or pain.