Ankle injuries do not discriminate- they can happen to people of all ages and activity levels. At SOLE THERAPY we often see that ankle damage is one of the most common sporting injuries.
Sports that involve running, turning, jumping and twisting movements, fast and explosive changes of direction make the players more vulnerable to ankle injuries. These sports include netball, basketball, hockey, soccer, football and tennis just to name a few. Ankles become weaker with each subsequent injury- creating instability and taking longer to recover each time.
The ankle joint’s stability comes from the ligaments and arrangement of the bones. The ligaments provide side to side stability. When too much force is applied to the ankle the joint is pushed past its range of motion resulting in the tearing or stretching of the ligaments. These injuries are often graded depending on the amount of fibers damaged:
- GRADE 1- Stretching and minor damage to the ligaments.
- GRADE 2- Partial tear of a ligament, excessive movement around the joint
- GRADE 3- Full tear of a ligament, severe pain, instability
SOLE THERAPY can help manage acute and recurrent ankle injuries. In the initial stages after the injury your SOLE THERAPY podiatrist will be able to assist in pain and swelling management with:
- RICER advice and application
- Dry needling and acupuncture
- Ankle bracing
- Gentle range of motion exercises
For longer term relief, improved ankle stability and increased foot strength SOLE THERAPY can offer you:
- Customized exercise program
- Customized functional orthotics to address mechanical issues
- Footwear recommendations
If you are prone to or have had a recent ankle sports injury visit SOLE THERAPY for help! We have successfully and effectively managed many ankle injuries over the years.
Book an INITIAL BIOMECHANICAL APPOINTMENT on our new ONLINE BOOKING Tab or call us on (02) 9583 1138 so we can manage your ankle injuries.
Words from one of our Podiatrist's,
DR VICTORIA KOKOTATSIOS