Whether it’s minor or severe, ankle pain can greatly affect your ability to perform normal daily activities. Each time you shift your body weight to the problematic foot, the pain and symptoms intensifies. This limits your ability to walk, run, jump, and perform other types of physical activities. But what exactly causes ankle pain? And how can you encourage your body to heal faster? To learn the answers to these questions and more, keep reading.
According to the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), there are approximately 25,000 cases of ankle sprains each day, making it the single most common type of ankle injury. To put things into perspective, this number translates into 9 million sprained ankles annually. When an ankle is sprained, one or more ligaments connecting the bones (26 bones in the human foot) are torn. Although it’s typically not considered a ‘serious’ condition, sprained ankles are still quite painful given their nature and origin.
Sprained ankles may develop for a number of reasons, one of which being the twisting of the foot. Here’s a scenario to consider: you’re out on your routine afternoon jog around the neighborhood and accidentally step the wrong way with your foot. Rather than planting your foot sole-down on the pavement, you twist it inwards so the side of your foot hits the pavement. This unnatural twisting motion combined with the weight of your body pressed against it, may create small tears in some of the ligaments.
If you are dealing with a sprained ankle, the most important thing to remember is that weight should be kept off. Walking around and performing your normal daily duties will only make the condition worse. Small tears in the foot ligaments typically take around 2-3 weeks to heal; however, major tears may take up to 2 months to fully heal. Depending on the severity of your condition, you may want to consider using crutches to get around without placing weight on your affected ankle.
Of course, osteoarthritis is another common cause of ankle pain. The term “arthritis” is actually used to describe a broad group of more than 100 different diseases. While the exact symptoms and characteristics may vary depending on the particular disease, all forms of arthritis involve the inflammation and swelling within the body. Individuals suffering from osteoarthritis in the ankle may experience inflammation in the surrounding joints and soft tissue. The prefix “osteo” means the condition is degenerative and becomes worse with age.
Although there’s no known cure for osteoarthritis in the ankle, there are some treatment options available. First and foremost, you should schedule an appointment with a professional chiropractor. They’ll be able to take a better look at your condition and help guide you on the best course of treatment. Wearing custom shoes, sole inserts, arch supporters, and/or braces may help relieve some of the inflammation.
Call or email the staff at AtlnataChioAndWellness.com to schedule an appointment today.Share