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 most 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:
Possible reasons for 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
- Sprained ankle
- Bruised ankle
- Broken ankle
- Achilles tendon rupture
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Stress fracture in the ankle
- Tendinitis Degenerative tendon
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 Elite Physical Therapist for treatment. Call us at 318-443-3311 and we can verify your insurance.