Ankle Pain is No Walk in the Park

 

Ankle pain can occur in people from all walks of life.

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The joint itself is formed by three bones – the tibia, fibula and talus – which are held together by a number of very strong ligaments. Because the ankles support the weight of the entire body, ankle & lower leg injuries are very common and can be debilitating if left untreated. Injury can occur to the bones, ligaments, cartilage, tendons and/or muscles surrounding the ankle joint, causing a range of different symptoms.

There are a range of proven risk factors that contribute to ankle & lower leg injuries. These include:

  • Previous injury.

  • Weakness.

  • Stiffness.

  • Poor balance.

  • Sudden change of direction

  • Increased age.

It is also suspected that footwear, inadequate warm-up, playing surface and external support (taping or bracing) may also play a part.

If you’ve suffered an acute ankle or lower leg injury, RICER (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation, Referral) is still more than relevant. Perhaps just as important is the No HARM (Heat, Alcohol, Running, Massage) protocol. Both should be used in conjunction, until you get the chance for review with a health professional.

At Keilor Road Physiotherapy, we have the expert skills to assess, treat & prevent all ankle & lower leg injuries. These include:

  • Ankle sprains including syndesmosis injury

  • Avulsion fractures & CAM walker / Moonboot placement

  • Achilles Tendinopathy / Tendinitis / Tendinosis

  • Calf muscle tears & strains

  • Stress Fractures

  • Shin Splints

  • Osteoarthritis & Rheumatoid Arthritis

  • Running & Gait Assessment

  • Foot & Ankle Biomechanics Assessment & Customised Formthotic placement

Post Surgical Rehabilitation:

  • Tibia &/or Fibula fracture

  • Achilles Tendon Rupture and Repair

  • Ankle arthroscopic debridement, resurfacing or replacement

Our physiotherapists have Post Graduate training in the diagnosis and management of all ankle conditions. Regardless of what lower leg injury you may be dealing with, every person presenting to Keilor Road Physiotherapy is assessed & rehabilitated through an individually tailored approach to help maximise their recovery. We are also able to refer for further investigation, whether it’s X-Ray, CT or MRI should one of our experienced team feel there may be a fracture or other structural injury.

Because we are experts in functional rehabilitation of lower leg injuries, with all presentations assessed to best evidence based practice, you can expect a return to what you do best in a minimal amount of time, regardless of whether it’s a return to sport, tackling that long distance run or just enjoying a stroll. 

Servicing Niddrie, Essendon, Airport West, Keilor & the Northern suburbs for over 40 years, you can book with one of our highly trained ankle & lower leg team online here or call 93794557 to speak to one of our admin superstars.

 
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