208-7337 MacLeod Trail SW, Calgary, AB

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Dealing with Ankle Pain

Injury to any part of your body can result in debilitating pain depending on the severity and how frequently you need to use the injured part. Ankle injuries, because they are used so much in daily life, can result in severe pain. Ankle pain can also be an indication of a more serious problem; therefore, the pain should never be ignored. If you are suffering from sudden on-set or chronic ankle pain, it is important that you identify the cause so that you can work on an effective treatment. After all, you can’t stay off your feet for too long! If you ignore the pain for too long, other body parts may compensate, resulting in additional pain.

What are Common Causes of Ankle Pain?

Some of the more common causes an individual will seek treatment for ankle pain in Calgary include:

  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Tendon rupture
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Gout
  • Bursitis
  • Bone spurs
  • Sprained or strained ankle
  • Stress fracture

Achilles Tendinitis: A Form of Ankle Pain You Shouldn’t Ignore

While most causes of ankle pain can be treated with rest, ice, and compression, there are some that require immediate attention from a professional. Achilles tendinitis is an overuse injury that affects the band of tissue connecting your calf muscle at the back of your lower leg to your heel. This injury is much more common than you might realize. In fact, it is quite possible that you may have mistaken it for a sprain or strain in the past.

Achilles tendinitis in Calgary is common among runners, as well as middle-aged people that play sports. Some common symptoms of Achilles tendinitis include:

  • A mild ache in the back of the leg or above the heel after engaging in rigorous activities
  • Episodes of severe pain after prolonged activity, climbing stairs, or sprinting
  • Tenderness or stiffness, especially in the morning, that eventually subsides later in the day

Because this is an overuse/repetitive strain injury, it can occur in any individual who is active. Another contributing factor to Achilles tendinitis is age, because the band can weaken with age and make you more susceptible to injury. Also, certain risk factors can increase the likelihood that you will develop tendinitis, including your gender (men experience it more than women), medical conditions, and medications you are taking.

Ignoring Achilles tendinitis can result in a severely painful injury that can increase the likelihood you will experience a tear or rupture of the tendon; which often requires surgical repair.

Treatment options for Achilles tendinitis can vary depending on the severity. Some options may include:

  • Shockwave therapy to relieve the pain by stimulating regeneration of the injured tendon
  • Footmaxx™ foot orthotics to correct abnormal foot function and help prevent recurrence
  • High-tech rehab on a state-of-the-art PrimusRS machine

Alberta Back and Neck Rehab & Sports Injuries Clinic offers treatment for ankle pain in Calgary. Whether you have a sprain or you think you have Achilles tendinitis, we can help you find relief. Call us at 403-234-0040 or contact us online to schedule your appointment.

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