The ankle plays an important role in our body’s normal range motion. It consists of a hinged-like joint that’s able to move either towards the body (known as dorsiflexion) or away from the body (known as plnatar flexion). Each time we make a step, whether it’s forwards or backwards, the ankle is responsible for moving and positioning the foot appropriately. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for some people to develop pain in one or both of their ankle joints.
Depending on the severity of the pain and type of condition, it can make normal tasks such as walking difficult. This is due to the fact that each time you take a step, the weight of your body is placed on the joint; thus, adding unnecessary pressure to an already sensitive region. Ankle joint pain can be so bad that it forces some people to use crutches or a wheelchair until their condition has cleared. Osteoarthritis is one such condition that’s known to occur in the ankle joints. Also known as degenerative joint disease, it’s characterized by the degradation of the joints and supporting cartilage.
Osteoarthritis typically doesn’t form overnight, but instead it’s a gradual process than often takes several years. As the condition progresses, the symptoms become more intense, resulting in pain, swelling and even deformity in some cases. A sprain is another common cause of ankle joint pain. Sprains are so common, in fact, that it’s believed that most people have experienced at least one in their life. While they generally pose little-to-no threat to a person’s long-term health, they can still manifest pain and inflammation around the affected ankle.
Sprains occur when the ligament is physically injured, such as being twisted. If you happen to step on the side of your foot rather than the bottom, for instance, it may stretch the ligament beyond its normal range of motion, creating a sprained ankle. Of course, there’s always the possibility of a fracture causing pain in or around the ankle joint as well. Just because you don’t recall being struck by a heavy object doesn’t necessarily mean that a fracture didn’t occur. Jogging, running or simply walking can result in otherwise small fractures that send waves of pain coursing through the body. And if you don’t give your foot time to heal, you place yourself at risk for further injury.
Regardless of what’s causing your ankle joint pain, you should seek treatment from a professional chiropractor. Chiropractors have the tools necessary to determine exactly what’s causing your pain. Using this information, he or she will discuss the various treatment options available. Depending on what’s causing your pain, a chiropractor may recommend a hot/cold compress along with rest and relaxation, of they may recommend a shoe insert to help balance and support your injured ankle.
Call or email the staff at AtlantaChiroAndWellness.com to schedule an appointment.Share