Ankle pain can have some significant impacts on your daily life, as walking and weight bearing become increasingly difficult. Ankle injuries if not treated correctly have the potential to become chronic in nature. Not only that, ankle injuries have the potential to create problems elsewhere due to the bodies compensation pattern.
The most common type of ankle injury is an ankle sprain, or an inversion sprain. This type of trauma has the ability to strain or tear ligaments around the ankle, creating instability in the joint.
CONDITIONS OF THE ANKLE AND FOOT:
Ankle sprains, ankle fractures, plantar fasciitis, policeman’s heel, bunions, tarsal tunnel plus many more.
- Sporting injuries
- Poor knee/hip alignment
- Poor posture/spinal alignment
- Incorrect footwear (high heels, stiff work boots)
- Poor running technique
- Repetitive strain injuries
- Underlying disease or pathology (rare)
WHAT IS THE MOST COMMON CAUSE OF ANKLE PAIN?
Once we have ruled out any underlying disease or problem such as fracture, the most common causes of ankle pain are mechanical in nature. Correct alignment, and muscular imbalances of the ankle joint is crucial for recovery.
Spinal alignment and posture have a big impact on ankle pain and dysfunction, as if your posture is forward or unbalanced this can places unnecessary weight and pressure on the joint.
This can be the precursor to injuries starting, or even preventing injuries from healing.
HOW TO FIX ANKLE PAIN?
There are two ways in which you can choose to deal with ankle pain:
1. Continually treat the pain and symptoms as they appear:
The most common way people will treat the pain associated with the ankle is with medications, such as; paracetamol or Ibuprofen or other ‘quick fix’ therapies.
Opting for a ‘quick fix’ approach to ankle problems, while ignoring the underlying cause may help you feel better in the short term, however your problem is likely to return. This approach can lead to vicious cycles of pain and dysfunction and potentially lead to chronic pain and joint degeneration.
2. Correct the cause:
Chiropractic is concerned with correcting the underlying cause of ankle pain, which is poor ankle joint mechanics, plus poor hip and lower back alignment.
Let me explain…
Your body is similar to a house in many ways. If the houses foundations are ‘off’ or begin to slip, it will cause issues throughout the house. The doors will jam, the walls will crack, roof will leak and the windows will crack.
You can either constantly fix all the issues that arise from having poor foundations, or you can fix the foundations to prevent future problems occurring.
The same is true with your body. However, the foundation of your body is your spinal alignment or posture. If your spinal alignment is off, or your posture is bad, it places unnecessary pressure on the joints of your spine and especially your ankle/foot. This can cause degeneration, muscle spasms, and irritation of the spinal nerves that supply the ankle and foot.
Correct spinal alignment takes pressure off your spine and ankle joints, helping you feel better, but it also takes the pressure off your nervous system. The nervous system is the communication pathway between the brain and the body. Your spine and skull are responsible for protecting this vital organ.
When your spine is not functioning well, this can have implications into how efficiently your nervous system is working. Correct spinal alignment is critical to ensure clear communication between the brain and the body.
A well functioning spine and a clear nervous system is vital for overall health and wellbeing.
HOW TO PREVENT ANKLE AND FOOT PAIN:
At Capital Chiropractic Centre, our goal is to not simply ‘get rid of your pain’ but to ensure we prevent future problems from occurring. On top of correcting the underlying cause of your problem, your spinal alignment, we tailor specific rehabilitation exercises for you, give you lifestyle and ergonomic advice, as well as periodic maintenance adjustments. The combination of these, helps you live a healthy life free of pain.
After all prevention is better than a cure.