Ankle Physio in Newcastle
At Fitness Physiotherapy we treat ankle injuries with evidence based care for pain relief and return to sport and daily activities. Evidence based treatments have been shown to be effective through rigorous clinical research, giving patients a faster and more successful return to sport and activities.
The anatomy of the ankle joint
The ankle is a hinge joint that is formed by the bottom of your tibia (shin bone) and the talus (bone in the top of the foot). There are many ligaments and muscles in your ankle that provide stability to the joint.
Common ankle injuries
Ankle sprains are a very common injury. They normally occur in sports that require sudden changes in direction or when you land in an awkward position (most commonly inversion). Ankle sprains can cause injury to the ligaments, tendons, bone or cartilage. This often results in swelling, reduced mobility, range of motion, strength and function.
It is important to get a full assessment as the severity of ankle sprain will affect the type of treatment and time for return to activities.
However as a general rule, according to research, the current best practice for ankle sprains includes ice, relative rest, early walking, strengthening and proprioception (balance) exercises.
Fractures are breaks in bones and normally occur from compressive trauma. The treatment depends on the location and extent of the fracture. Often they are managed in a special boot or plaster for a period of time. After the immobilisation period, fractures benefit from a graduated range of motion, strength and proprioception program.
We have experience in this area as we work closely with orthopeadic surgeons at Lingard Private Hospital, managing these types of fractures on a daily basis.
Achilles tendinitis is a common tendon injury. It involves pain in the Achilles tendon at the back of the heel and lower calf.
The incidence may be up to 50% in runners but can occur in anyone.
The most common cause is a spike in physical activities causing an imbalance in the stress put on the tendon and its ability to cope. Other factors that have an effect of achilles tendon injuries can include biomechanics (alignment), training errors and psychosocial factors.
Research suggests that the current best treatment for Achilles tendinopathy is a progressive strengthening program with education on load management. Treatments that are often used by physios but have been shown not to be effective as first line management for include stretching, tendon massage, complete rest, injections, massage and electrotherapy.