Ankle Pain in Runners: How Can Your Podiatrist Help?

In Point Cook and our surrounding suburbs, there is a prevalence of runners. Naturally, this means we see a lot of injured runners at TFC Podiatry in Point Cook. We see patients for treatment of running-related foot and ankle injuries, with the ultimate goal of ensuring our patients can keep running and stay fit!

Many people are aware of the strain our feet are put under while running, experiencing conditions such as heel pain, ingrown toenails and forefoot pain. However, while we see plenty of patients presenting with and talking about foot pain, there is another area of our bodies that are placed under an immense amount of pressure while running: our ankles. 

The ankle is a joint that takes a huge amount of weight and cycles through a large range of movement in the running gait. This leads to ankle injuries, and this pain can be treated through your Podiatrist. The cause of your ankle pain will need to be assessed in person, in order to provide a thorough diagnosis and treatment plan.

A number of injuries around the ankle joint are common in runners, such as :

There are many other conditions that affect runners’ ankles and a consult will help get to the bottom of why you might be having ankle pain. 

When looking at treating runners who present with ankle pain, at TFC Podiatry we always look at your risk factors for injuries. For ankle pain in runners, our Podiatrists will always look at first getting a useful diagnosis for your ankle pain. This will usually happen in the Podiatry clinic at your first appointment, but some conditions may need some follow up assessments such as x-rays or other forms of imaging. 

After finding a diagnosis to work with we look at why this condition may have occurred and then look at the best way to move forward. Looking at the reasons that this may have occurred involves looking at you as a runner, this will involve testing:

  • Range of movement
  • Strength
  • Gait pattern (Running/Walking assessment)
  • Thorough history taking
  • Footwear assessment

After information gathering and comprehensive assessment is complete, our Podiatrists will work with you to create a treatment plan to help you reach your running goals. 

This treatment plan will take into account your:

  • Goals
  • Injury diagnosis
  • Injury risk factors
  • Running/ Sports history
  • Workload outside of running e.g workplace/ incidental exercise load

With these considerations in mind, we will create your treatment plan. Our treatment plans are customized to each runner, with your goals, lifestyle, and activity levels in mind.

Some common treatments that our Podiatrists use in both Point Cook and Yarraville include:

There are many other treatments that may formulate part of your treatment plan but the treatments listed above are really common in our Podiatry clinic. To start your journey towards fixing your ankle pain, book an appointment today.