Lower Leg & Ankle Pain

Leg & Ankle Pain Causes, Symptoms, & Treatment Approach

Our Treatment Approach

Lower leg and 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.

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Ankle & Achilles

  • Ankle & Achilles pain

    • Acute injuries – occur suddenly and include sprains, strains & fractures.
    • Inside of the ankle – also known as medial ankle pain.
    • Outside of the ankle – also known as lateral ankle pain.
    • Achilles pain– and other injuries at the back of the ankle.

Calf Pain

  • Calf pain

    These occur at the back of the lower leg and can be sudden onset (acute) or occur gradually over time (chronic).

    • Calf strain – torn calf muscle at the back of the lower leg.
    • Cramp – acute, sudden onset muscle spasm/contraction.

Shin pain

  • Pain in the shin is usually of gradual onset and can be difficult to get rid of.

    • Shin splints – is a widely used term to describe pain on the inside of the shin.
    • Tibialis Anterior Tendonitis – causes pain on the outside front of the shin.