Welcome to Foot Talk Fridays!
Today we’re going to be talking about ankle pain.
So, there are some ligaments on the outside of the ankle and most people know about these when they’re walking and they suddenly go over on the ankle and the ankle ligaments can hurt a lot. There can be bruising, blood and swelling. There’s also ligaments on the inside of the ankle but it’s more difficult to roll your foot this way, so this is the easiest way to roll your ankle instead of this way. In any event, when you have a bad ankle sprain it is always advisable to wear a very supportive ankle brace and normally ankle braces have a stirrup that comes here made of something hard, and another stirrup of something here, and then something underneath the foot here so it helps to keep the ankle straight. In severe cases, a plaster cast may be put on the ankle to keep the ankle straight, or ‘moon boots’, or an air cast and that’s something that keeps the ankle straight – maybe for two weeks and sometimes even up to six weeks when the ligament is sprained.
Now, if you have had a bad ankle sprain on the outside of your foot, sometimes after a few months or even a couple of years the ankle can start to drift inwards because if you over stretch these ligaments (it is like a piece of elastic that has been stretched out too much) and the anchors of the ankle begin to drift allowing the foot to lean in. Then, the plantar fascia begins to hurt as well as the muscle belly here. So, ankle sprains should be taken seriously! Either a very supportive ankle boot, an air cast or strong reinforcements at the side can normally be bought from the pharmacy and should be worn for about two to six weeks to make sure the integrity of the ankle stays straight.
For example, if you have had a problem with the ankle a few years ago and are noticing that your ankles are beginning to lean in and the arch is beginning to hurt, and the fascia on the heel is beginning to pull. We can always make an insole underneath your foot that lift the arches but more importantly tilt the ankle back to straight again. So, if you have had a previous ankle injury that you think is giving yourself a problem, then come and see us and we will align the ankle back to straight again.
I hope that helps and enjoy the rest of your Friday!
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