Navigate through the sections below to learn all about getting to the root cause of your Ankle Pain!
Ankle Pain Symptoms
- Ankle discoloration
- Ankle inflammation
- Ankle pain
- Ankle swelling
- Arch cramping
- Crepitation with movement
- In mild cases, there may be a propensity for the ankle to continually turn inward
- Inability to move the ankle properly
- Loss of motion
- Loss of muscle strength
- Mild aching to sudden pain
- Numbness in toes
- Pain even when no weight is put on the ankle
- Referral foot and toe pain
The above symptoms can be signs of ankle conditions caused by ankle soft tissue injuries that we commonly treat with Soft Tissue Applied Regenerative Therapy.
Ankle Pain Causes
- Ankle Sprain/Strain
- Achilles Tendonopathy
- ATFL Tear
- Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
- Ankle tendonosis/tendonitis
- Sever’s Disease
Did you know that once you have sprained your ankle, you are much more likely to sprain it in the future? Ankle sprains can easily, and often, lead to chronic ankle instability! This means that a “simple” sprained ankle quickly becomes a progressive, degenerative condition.
Treatment for Ankle Pain
Ankle pain is most commonly due to ankle soft tissue injuries, caused by muscle or ligament damage. Since ligaments do not heal well on their own, ankle instability quickly becomes a chronic, painful condition. It allows for destructive joint motions every time the ankle joint is used, wearing down the cartilage and causing further structural damage.
Our providers understand the need for rapid recovery to prevent the long-term damage of ankle soft tissue injuries. Therefore, we utilize Comprehensive S.T.A.R. Therapy to restore the muscle, ligament, and tendon integrity and strengthen the joint function. This prevents the continued cartilage degeneration through destructive joint motions and allows the ankle a chance to heal.
S.T.A.R. Therapy, in simple terms, stimulates the body to repair painful areas. It does so by inducing a localized, mild inflammatory reaction in the weakened ligament and tendon attachments. Since the body heals by inflammation, S.T.A.R. Therapy stimulates healing.
Our Research for Ankle Pain
- Extracorporeal shock wave therapy improves the walking ability of patients with peripheral artery disease and intermittent claudication. Serizawa F, Ito K, Kawamura K, Tsuchida K, Hamada Y, Zukeran T, Shimizu T, Akamatsu D, Hashimoto M, Goto H, Watanabe T, Sato A, Shimokawa H, Satomi S. Japanese Circulation Journal (2012)
- Extra-corporeal pulsed-activated therapy (“EPAT” sound wave) for Achilles tendinopathy: a prospective study. Saxena A, Ramdath S Jr, O’Halloran P, Gerdesmeyer L, Gollwitzer H. The Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery (2011)
- Eccentric loading versus eccentric loading plus shock-wave treatment for midportion Achilles tendinopathy: a randomized controlled trial. Rompe JD, Furia J, Maffulli N. American Journal of Sports Medicine (2009)
- Eccentric loading compared with shock wave treatment for chronic insertional achilles tendinopathy: a randomized, controlled trial. Rompe JD, Furia J, Maffulli N. The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (2008)
- Eccentric loading, shock-wave treatment, or a wait-and-see policy for tendinopathy of the main body of tendon Achillis: a randomized controlled trial. Rompe JD, Nafe B, Furia JP, Maffulli N. American Journal of Sports Medicine (2007)
- High-energy extracorporeal shock wave therapy as a treatment for insertional Achilles tendinopathy. Furia JP. The American Journal of Sports Medicine (2006)
- Shock wave therapy for chronic Achilles tendon pain: a randomized placebo-controlled trial. Costa ML, Shepstone L, Donell ST, Thomas TL. Clinical Orthopedics and Related Research (2005)