What causes ankle pain?

Severe Ankle Pain

Your ankles are small parts of your body that serve a big purpose. The majority of your body weight rests on them. On top of this, they must remain strong and flexible enough for a variety of physical activities like walking, running, jumping or simply standing.

Since the ankles are a vital part of a quality life, it’s difficult to do much of what you love when one or both of your ankles is hurt. The occasional sore ankle after prolonged physical activity is a normal part of life, but severe and chronic ankle pain almost always requires professional healthcare attention.

What are the common causes of ankle pain?

  • Sprains — The ligaments in your ankles connect the bones and cartilage to help hold the ankle together. A sudden twisting or rolling motion can cause the ligaments to stretch or tear, which is painful and limits your use of the ankle.

  • Arthritis — Several types of arthritis, like osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis can target the cartilage in your ankles. Arthritis causes the cartilage to wear down, which creates painful friction between the bones in the joint.

  • Gout — The buildup of uric acid in your body causes the formation of tiny, sharp crystals in the joints. It can affect all of your joints but it primarily affects the joints in your lower extremities, like your knees, ankles and toes.

Treating ankle pain with physical therapy

Physical therapists treat ankle pain with noninvasive techniques that help reduce pain and improve range of motion. All treatments are personalized to the needs of the individual, but usually include:

  • Stretches and exercises
  • Hands-on therapy
  • Hot and cold therapy
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Assistance with walking aids like crutches

In rare cases where surgery is necessary for ankle pain treatment, physical therapists still help. Physical therapists can prepare the ankle for surgery and assist in recovery afterward for a faster and more effective recovery process.

Visit Holland Physical Therapy for ankle pain treatment

Whether you have a sprained ankle, arthritis, gout or some other ankle condition, our physical therapists at Holland Physical Therapy can help. Contact our team today for more information or to schedule an initial appointment.