Treatment that delivers better results
Ankle pain is normally associated with swelling, stiffness, redness, and warmth in the involved area.
Ankle problems can be a result of:
- An ankle sprain: Rolling over the ankle and damaging the ligament or even the bones of the ankle.
- Osteoarthritis: This is the natural wearing of the joint surface as we age.
- Gout: A type of arthritis caused by a build-up of uric acid in the body which causes severe pain and inflammation even at rest.
- Tendon problems: Tendons or the sheath that surrounds them can become irritated.
- An issue related to the bones or alignment of the foot and leg (poor biomechanics).
When do I see my GP?
Initial treatment of PRICE (protection, rest, ice, compression and elevation) can be very effective. However, you should seek advice if the following applies to your pain:
- If your whole foot is painful, heavy and swollen, it may be a sign of oedema.
- If you have severe trauma to your foot and suspected bony injuries
- Foot pain can sometimes be caused by an object that has become embedded in the foot if you have stepped on something sharp with bare feet.
- If your pain is following a lot of high-impact sports (long-distance running or basketball) and if you suffer with pain and swelling, you may have a stress fracture.
Foot and Ankle Resources
We’ve created an interactive booklet to help you learn about your foot and ankle, the common problems we see and how best to recover from your problem. It is best to work through the booklet prior to attending your JPAC so you can start making positive changes now. We have also produced a digital version of our Plantar Heel JPAC presentation and related exercises which can be found below.