Common Ankle Injuries
Ankle pain and injury is extremely common. The most likely ankle injury that people think of is a sprained ankle, but ankle pain can have numerous sources. While sprains which involve ligaments and bones in the ankle are the most common ankle injuries, you can also fracture a bone, tear muscles or overstress a tendon. Ankle pain that results from injury are often thought of as sports injuries. But you don't necessarily have to be an athlete or even a social sportsperson to twist your ankle. Something as simple as walking on an uneven footpath can cause a rolled ankle, resulting in an ankle sprain. Ankle injuries can potentially occur at any age. Thousands of people sprain their ankle everyday around the world. Just while you've been reading this, a few hundred people have sprained their ankle.
Signs and Symptoms
The ankle joint is the meeting of the bones of the leg and the foot and is responsible for the up and down motion of the foot. In popular usage, the ankle is often considered to be the ankle joint plus the surrounding anatomic region, including the lower end of the leg and the start of the flat part of the foot. Pain in the ankle can result from a wide range of abnormal movements which can cause inflammation or injury to any of the structures in this region, including the bones, joint space, cartilage, ligaments, tendons, or muscles. The most common symptoms you may experience are ankle swelling, foot pain, and/or foot swelling.
Treatment of Ankle Injuries
With accurate assessment and early treatment, most ankle and foot injuries respond extremely quickly to physiotherapy which will allow you to quickly resume pain-free and normal activities of daily living. Applying a cold pack to the area ASAP after injuries your can greatly decrease the recovery time of an ankle injury and don’t forget elevate it and get off it straight away.
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