Why does my ankle hurt?

Ankle Pain

Getting the proper ankle treatment often begins by asking a simple question. The answer to that question can drastically change your treatment options, recovery time and possibly your overall quality of life. Holland Physical Therapy explains why your ankle may hurt and what exactly you can do about it.

Acute Injury

By far the most common reason for ankle pain is a sudden acute injury such as a sprained ankle. Athletes who play sports with lots of lateral movement and quick direction changes such as tennis or basketball are especially susceptible to sprained ankles. However, anyone can take a bad step off a curb and end up rolling an ankle.

For minor sprains, ankle treatment is as simple as following the RICE method of rest, ice, compression and elevation. If you experience any of the following symptoms, seek immediate medical attention:

  • Inability to bear any weight on the ankle
  • Severe pain or swelling that does not subside after rest and ice
  • Unable to rotate the injured ankle

When you sprain an ankle, the ligaments are stretched out and weakened making it more likely to reinjure the joint. Physical therapy exercises are an excellent ankle treatment prescribed to strengthen the joint and muscles of the surrounding area.

Achilles tendonitis

Tendonitis is a repetitive-motion injury that is caused by inflammation in the tendon. Runners and older patients are more likely to experience this type of pain. Bone spurs growing from the back of the ankle into the tendon can also cause irritation and discomfort.

The primary goal of ankle treatment for Achilles tendonitis is to reduce the inflammation which will in turn reduce pain. Physical therapists may use electrical stimulation or the Graston Technique® to increase blood flow to the area. Therapeutic exercises and ice can also help reduce inflammation as an important part of your ankle treatment.

Scheduling ankle treatment with Holland Physical Therapy

The physical therapists of Holland Physical Therapy want to help you find out why your ankle hurts. During your first visit, a complete evaluation is performed to diagnose the cause of your pain and determine your best ankle treatment options. Contact one of our staff today to set up your initial appointment.