Ankle Pain

The ankle is quite a complicated joint with very many tendons and ligaments, any one of which or in any combination can be a cause of ankle pain. There are also other conditions that are not directly identifiable by a particular structure (such as Sinus Tarsi Syndrome or Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome).

Appropriate treatment for ankle pain requires diagnosing the affected structure. This can usually be done clinically (ie by hands on checking of the ankle) but some times an ultrasound scan, X-Ray or MRI is needed.

Self Treatment Top Tips

It is difficult to give advice on specific self treatment options for ankle pain, however some things can help in the short term:

  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Compression
  • Ellevation
  • Strapping
  • Supportive shoes

Ongoing ankle pain needs to be assessed and can respond well to orthotic intervention and physiotherapy input (which is helpful for acute ankle injuries also).

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