Ankle Injury

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Why does my ankle hurt?

The most common cause of ankle pain is due to an ankle sprain. Sprained ankles occur when the foot exceeds its normal range of motion and as a result, the ligaments in the ankle joint stretch or tear. Ankle pain and sprains are very common, especially for athletes and anyone who is on their feet a majority of the day. Physical therapy helps to regain the range of motion lost after an ankle sprain along with strengthening the muscles, reducing pain, and ultimately helping patient return to normal activity and sport.

The most common ankle sprain occurs to the lateral (outer) side of the ankle; however, medial (inner) side sprains can happen, as well. Many people suffer subsequent ankle sprains after their initial injury to the area. The chance of reinjuring the same area with a second or third ankle sprain can be reduced with the appropriate physical therapy after the initial incident.

Symptoms of ankle pain:

  • Swelling in the ankle area
  • Throbbing ankle
  • Weak ankle
  • Stiffness in the ankle area
  • Instability in the ankle joint
  • Bruising around the ankle area
  • Inability to bear weight on the ankle
  • Burning pain in ankle

Possible reasons for ankle pain:

  • Sprained ankle
  • Bruised ankle
  • Broken ankle
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Bursitis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Gout
  • Stress fracture in the ankle
  • Tendinitis Degenerative tendon

 


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It's OK if you don't have a prescription from your doctor.

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Treatment for ankle pain

The treatment options for ankle pain will depend heavily on the condition at the root cause your ankle pain along with your symptoms and personal goals. Your physician can help you determine the best treatment options of your ankle pain, including physical therapy. If you don't have a prescription for physical therapy treatment from your doctor, you may still be able to visit an Ivy Rehab Physical Therapy location near you for treatment, depending on the rules of the state you live in.

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Treatment options for ankle pain include, but are not limited to:

Physical Therapy
Physical Therapy

Physical therapy is a broad term that encompasses a wide range of treatment methods for injuries, conditions, and illnesses. At Ivy Rehab Physical Therapy, we focus not only on treating your condition, but also on helping you prevent future injuries from…

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Soft Tissue Mobilization
Soft Tissue Mobilization

Soft tissue injuries have been known to occur when muscles are very tense and contracted. They can also happen as a result of a sprained ankle or other sudden trauma. When dealing with a soft tissue injury, you may feel weak muscles, pain, and less ability to…

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Aquatic Therapy
Aquatic Therapy

Aquatic therapy can be very effective when you have a condition that makes it painful to put weight on your lower extremities, such as arthritis, knee pain, hip pain, or low back pain. During aquatic therapy, the buoyancy of the water allows for less weight…

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BioSway
BioSway

The BioSway system challenges patients to shift and control their center of gravity through interactive balance games and rehabilitative training strategies. To use the BioSway, you stand on a small platform facing a touch screen in front of you. Through…

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Dry Needling
Dry Needling

Dry needling is often confused with acupuncture; however, they are very different techniques. Dry needling focuses on reducing pain and accelerating healing through a deep understanding of the relationships between our bodies and our central nervous system.…

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Orthopedic Therapy
Orthopedic Therapy

The orthopedic specialists at Ivy Rehab Physical Therapy are ready to help you get back into the action. Whether you're overcoming a sports-related injury or recovering from a recent surgery, let our knowledgeable team develop a personalized therapy plan just…

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Post-Surgical Treatment
Post-Surgical Treatment

Physical therapy after surgery is extremely important for ensuring a full recovery. In addition to many other benefits, post-surgical rehabilitation can also help you regain full range of motion in the affected area. Ivy Rehab Physical Therapy specializes in…

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