Ankle sprain is a commonly used and profoundly misunderstood term which is broadly used to describe a group of acute ankle injuries. It refers to the injury or strain placed on ligaments during activity or motion when inverted or everted. During movement, ligaments, which attach bone to bone, can become over stretched and torn. This results in inflammation and pain.
– Red and hot ankles
– Stiffness or decreased range of motion
– Pain upon weight-bearing
If you suspect you have sprained your ankle it is important to see a podiatrist. Without proper diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation more chronic conditions are likely to develop due to further injury. These may include; chronic ankle pain, imbalance and ankle joint arthritis.
– Plantar fasciitis
– Heel pain
– Shin splints
– Heel spurs
– Diabetic foot ulcers
– Severs disease
– Lower back pain
– Hip pain
– Knee pain
– Other musculoskeletal injuries of the foot, ankle and lower limb
Being individually designed to suit the biomechanics and structure of each foot, orthotics are capable of targeting very specific problems which underpin pain and disease. Mainly functioning by redistributing or offloading pressure and force from some regions of the foot and ankle, these biomechanical devices are capable of allowing time for injuries to heal as well as correcting walking abnormalities and providing symptomatic relief. Thus, they can both treat and prevent injuries.
Orthotics are used with the ultimate aim of restoring foot function back to original capacity, allowing patients to return to normal activity. As they are often used as an ongoing rehabilitation plan, they are capable of long-term injury prevention and management. It is important to have your feet and gait assessed by a podiatrist in order to determine whether this is a suitable and appropriate treatment option for your podiatric needs.