Any form of pain or discomfort in your ankles is referred to as ankle pain. An injury, such as a sprain, or a medical condition, such as arthritis, may cause this pain and may hinder your ability to balance or walk. Ankle pain mainly comes from injuries to the ankle or foot, but can occur through growing pains or too much weight being applied to the ankle and feet. Seeing a professional is the best way to have your ankle pain diagnosed and here at Healthy Steps, we can help with custom orthotics, Ankle bracing, Walking Air Casts, Orthopaedic Footwear and Footwear Modifications - Rocker Soles.
Arguably the most common ankle injury, a sprained ankle is caused by rolling, twisting, or uncomfortably turning the ankle. The tough bands of tissue (ligaments) that hold your ankle bones together can be stretched or torn as a result of this. Ligaments aid in the stabilization of joints and the prevention of unnecessary movement. When ligaments are stretched beyond their natural range of motion, it results in a sprained ankle. The severity of a sprained ankle determines the course of treatment. While self-care and over-the-counter pain relievers can suffice, a medical examination may be required to decide how badly you've sprained your ankle and the appropriate treatment. You may require an Ankle Brace or Walking Aircast to stabilize the ankle and assist with recovery.
Achilles tendinitis is an overuse injury to the Achilles tendon, which attaches the calf muscles in the back of your lower leg to your heel bone. Achilles tendinitis is most common in runners who have increased their run's speed or length unexpectedly. It's also popular among middle-aged people who only play sports on weekends, such as football or volleyball.
Achilles tendon rupture
A ruptured Achilles tendon affects the back of the lower leg. It often affects people who participate in outdoor recreation, but it can affect everyone. The Achilles tendon is a thick fibrous cord that links the back of your calf muscles to your heel bone. Your Achilles tendon will tear (rupture) completely or partially if you overstretch it.
Gout (arthritis related to excess uric acid)
Gout is a common and complicated type of arthritis that can hit anyone at any time. It's associated with extreme, intense pain, swelling, redness, and tenderness in one or more joints, most often the big toe, but can also appear anywhere, including the ankle. While gout symptoms come and go, there are ways to treat them and avoid flare-ups.
Osteoarthritis (disease-causing the breakdown of joints)
The most prevalent type of arthritis is osteoarthritis arthritis, and it affects millions of people around the world. When the protective cartilage that cushions the ends of your bones wears down over time, it triggers this problem. Although the damage to joints cannot be reversed, the effects of osteoarthritis may typically be controlled. Staying active, eating a balanced diet, and taking some medications can all help delay the progression of the disease and improve pain and joint function. Orthopedic Footwear or Modified Footwear with a Rocker Sole can help increase the range of motion at the ankle joint and help reduce pain while walking.
Rheumatoid arthritis (inflammatory joint disease)
Rheumatoid arthritis is a long-term inflammatory condition that affects more than the joints. The disorder can harm several body systems in some people, including the skin, eyes, lungs, heart, and blood vessels. Rheumatoid arthritis, unlike osteoarthritis, affects the lining of the joints, causing a painful swelling that can gradually lead to bone deterioration and joint deformity.
At Healthy Steps, we can assess and recommend the best Ankle Brace, Custom Orthotic or Footwear for your ankle pain.