Ankles are extremely durable to carry the weight of the body and are made up of a complex structure of bones, tendons, ligaments, and muscles. Ankles carry the brunt of the body’s weight as well as the motion it puts into place. While the foot is stationary or is slowed by the contact with the ground, the ankle is intrinsically designed to carry and absorb the majority of the energy and motion the body makes, therefore making injuries to the ankle region very common.
What are the common causes of ankle pain?
Some of the most common injuries to the ankle which cause pain include:
- Broken ankle
- Tendon rupture
- Sprains or strains
- Stress fractures
While some ankle injuries can be treated at home with rest, ice, compression bandages and elevation, there are times when it is wise to seek medical attention and the expertise of a chiropractor. If you are unable to bear weight on your foot or if swelling does not reduce on its own after 2-3 days of treating it at home, it is best to have it examined by qualified professionals.
Why see a chiropractor for ankle pain?
When injuries or overuse cause the bones of the ankle joint to become misaligned, mild to severe pain and inflammation can result from strained tendons, ligaments and muscles. Bones that are out of alignment put undue pressure on surrounding connective tissues as well as nerves, causing pain.
What can a chiropractor do to help relieve ankle pain?
A chiropractor can manually manipulate the joints and align the bones properly in order to reduce and alleviate pain and inflammation and naturally allow the body to heal on its own. With the correct alignment of the ankle bones and joint, tension is reduced on the ligaments, tendons and muscles, which in turn reduce inflammation to these strained tissues. Manipulation and alignment of the ankle encourages the proper blood circulation to the injured area, improves range of motion and flexibility, and reduces the amount of time needed for recovery. A chiropractor is also highly trained in x-rays and MRIs, and can pinpoint the exact cause of the pain in order to treat it as quickly as possible.
For a professional consultation on how to alleviate chronic ankle pain from accident or injury, contact Baker Chiropractic and Accident Rehabilitation. Call our office in Provo Utah at 801-210-0669 and speak with Dr. Baker, our resident Provo chiropractor.