Not Just Any Old Ankle Injury

Injuries to the ankle are extremely common, and many people believe they can treat the injury themselves. Regrettably, without proper evaluation and treatment, an injured ankle may not totally heal, with a result that ankle twists and sprains that occurred years ago can start causing pain and discomfort.

Chronic Complications from an Old Ankle Injury

Loss of Stability

Twisting or otherwise injuring your ankle may cause a loosening of the ligaments, tendons, and muscles that work together to keep the ankle joint supported. These components require slow strengthening over time after an injury to regain their former robustness. If proper rehabilitation is skipped, you will be left with an ankle that is much weaker, less stable and more susceptible to re-injury.

Pain & Stiffness

Another consequence of inadequate treatment of a previous injury to the ankle is a tendency to lose the full range of motion of your ankle joint, with the accompanying pain and stiffness. This lack of range of motion affects your gait mechanics, and may eventually lead to radiating pain problems through the back and hips.

Treatment of an Old Ankle Injury

Rehabilitative treatment for an old ankle injury will involve a variety of personalized physical therapy exercises and other treatments recommended by your foot specialist to regain your ankle strength and stability.

These exercises and treatments may include:

  • Anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen
  • Ankle supports or braces
  • Calf stretches
  • Single-leg balancing exercises
  • Steroid injections
  • Surgery may be necessary for severe problems, followed by a rigorous post-surgical physical therapy regimen.

If you are currently experiencing pain from an old ankle injury, the foot specialists at Havertown Podiatry, in Havertown, PA are experts in all aspects of foot and ankle care and would be happy to assist you. Our team of doctors is dedicated to serving you with all of the latest diagnostic equipment and techniques. Please contact our office with any questions you may have or to make an appointment by calling 610-449-3344.

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