Ankle injuries are very common. Ankle injuries are one of the most common reason patient’s visit their doctors or physiotherapy clinic.
The most common ankle injury is ankle sprain/strain which involves an injury to one or all of the ligaments holding your ankle bones together. If your ankle pops or snaps then that could be a sign of instability in your ankle which predisposes you to ankle sprains.
What are some of the most common problems that affect the ankle?
1. Ankle Instability- this condition usually occurs in someone who has had ankle sprains once or many times, after an injury like sprain the ligaments that hold the bones together lose their tightness therefore when you walk on uneven ground, wear high heels, or twist your foot you might hear a popping sound.
2. Plantar Fasciitis- is a very painful and common foot condition that happens when the soft tissue on the bottom of the foot become inflamed or over used. Typically the pain is located over the inside portion of the heel and can sometimes radiate into the arch and ball of the foot. Often there is an intense pain with the first step out of bed in the morning and with running, climbing stairs or walking barefoot in the house. People who typically get plantar fasciitis are over the age of 40, have jobs that require prolong standing, have just rapidly increased their standing activities such as running or jogging.
3. Achilles Tendonitis- Achilles Tendonitis is another very painful condition of the ankle and foot, it’s typically caused by over use of the ankle due to increase activity level, and often it affects middle aged men who try to increase their running distances, jumping or walking activities suddenly. Pain is usually over the Achilles tendon and is usually worse with walking up the stairs, jumping or pushing of the toes. The good news is that physiotherapy can help strengthen the ligament in your ankles to heal your sprain and prevent you from spraining your ankle again, also physiotherapy can help you manage and eliminate heel pain that accompany plantar fasciitis.