Ankle Pain Treatment
Ankle injuries are quite common, despite what people think. Whether it’s tripping over a rock or landing on a step wrong, an ankle injury, and the pain itself, can be agonizing and problematic.
When it comes to ankle pain, our team at Diamond Chiropractic in Omaha is experienced in understanding what the cause is and how to treat the pain. Regardless if you have had this condition for a while, and it’s getting progressively worse (known as “chronic pain”), or the pain appeared suddenly (known as “acute pain”), our chiropractor in Omaha has the answer, and the treatment for you.
Causes of Ankle Pain
There are multiple conditions that can result in ankle pain and stiffness. Whether it is due to a sprain or osteoarthritis, ankle pain is painful and causes difficulty in movement.
Let’s start with a common ankle sprain. Most people have experience with sprained ankles due to playing sports, walking on uneven ground, and wearing high heels. This is due to the ankle turning in on itself, resulting in ligaments in the ankle tearing along with swelling and bruising. Sprains can take 4-6 weeks to heal, and the ligaments will become filled with non-elastic scar tissue. In addition, the likelihood of rolling the ankle over increases and leads to more sprains. Ankle pain, especially if you had a recent sprained ankle, will be obvious after taking long walks or going on a run.
Aside from sprains, ankle pain can occur because of arthritis and gout. Osteoarthritis is the most common type to be found in the ankle, due to wear and tear of the joint. Cartilage in this joint can break down as well, which leads to stiffness and more pain. Other than osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis is another common case for ankle pain. This is due to the immune system attacking the thin membranes located in the joints. Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic, inflammatory condition that affects a large majority of people in their hands, wrists, elbows, feet, and ankles. Lastly, gout is another cause to consider for your ankle pain. Gout is the build-up of uric acid in the body, which produces sharp pain in the joints. Symptoms of gout include redness, pain, and inflammation of the affected joint(s).
Ankle pain can even be caused by the sciatic nerve, not just your foot. The sciatic nerve is located in the lower back region, and if it is injured, you can experience ankle pain without having low back pain.
How Natural Movement of Your Foot Is Affected
The natural movement of your foot as it lands, while you run or walk, is called pronation. Pronation occurs as you shift your body weight as you walk or run, as the weight shifts from the heel to the ball of the foot. It applies to when you’re standing as well, when you shift your weight from side to side. The opposite of pronation, though, is supination. Supination occurs as your body weight is carried from the toes of one foot to those of the other, making your body move in a forward direction. This happens when you run fast, especially when playing certain sports, or when you walk fast.
When this movement is affected by ankle pain, chiropractors will recognize that there is weakness in the muscles. This weakness can be from overpronation (the foot rolls in towards the arch) or oversupination (the foot rolls to the outside edge). Overpronation can lead to the arches in the feet to flatten, and the muscles, ligaments, and tendons under the foot to overstretch. Oversupination strains the muscles and tendons in the ankle, causing it to roll and lead to injuries such as a sprain, a torn tendon, or a ruptured ligament. With both cases, the ankles are not the only areas affected, but also the feet, knees, hip, and back. Typical injuries and conditions for these include:
Based on this information, problems with the foot can cause other problems and stress on the spine, as well as the rest of the body. Since your feet are the foundation of your body, having a weakened foundation can mean trouble for the entire body, along with difficulty in functioning properly.
Treatment for Ankle Pain
At Diamond Chiropractic in Omaha, our chiropractor will perform an examination, take x-rays, and evaluate your posture to determine the cause and location of your ankle pain. After comparing the findings and confirming the diagnosis, our chiropractor will develop a treatment plan to help alleviate your symptoms, heal the ankle pain, and provide you with recommendations to lower your risk for possible reoccurrences.
Our Chiropractor in Omaha uses the following to relief your ankle pain:
Dr. Nilles will realign the vertebrae in the affected area to increase your range of motion and alleviate the pain on the spinal nerves. Symptoms resulting from the pain, from other nerves in the affected area, may begin to decrease as well.
Intersegmental traction involves the use of a special chiropractic table. This specific table includes rollers that will roll along the sides of the spinal column, allowing blood to flow through the tight muscles and ligaments. As this occurs, the muscles and ligaments loosen up and relax more; in addition, your spine will become more mobile. This type of treatment is effective with healing ankle pain.
Electro-therapy, or acupuncture, is effective with knee pain, and with the symptoms. Patients will notice, after several treatments, the muscle spasms they experienced from ankle pain begin to decrease. The intense pain patients had prior will start lowering as well, and they will start to see more mobility come back to their spine and other affected areas of the body.
With any injury, whether to the back, neck, or extremity, the last thing you want to do is make the pain worse. The same idea applies to healing ankle pain. Our advice is designed to help you perform everyday tasks and responsibilities safely. We focus on healing and relief of the ankle pain, not aggravating it further.
Contact Our Omaha Chiropractor for Ankle Pain
If you have any kind of ankle pain, and you want professional advice and treatment, then Diamond Chiropractic is your answer. Schedule an appointment with Diamond Chiropractic of Omaha, NE, today! Let us help you get relief from your ankle pain, and feeling better, right away.