Summer Protection: Ankle Pain
Do you participate in high intensity sports such as running, soccer or tennis which leave your feet or ankles sore and painful? Activities that put a lot of stress on your feet can cause a common ankle problem called posterior tibial tendonitis where the tendon that functions to hold up your arch and support you while walking becomes inflamed or torn. Once the tendon is torn, your arch begins to collapse and flatfoot can eventually develop. Posterior tibial tendonitis mostly occurs in women and people who are over 40 years of age, but it is also common for high-impact sports. Podiatrist Harvey Danciger gives insight to posterior tibial tendonitis to inform you in case your ankle pain could be associated with the condition.
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, it’s critical to seek medical attention as soon as possible to prevent the problem from worsening. Symptoms include:
- Pain where the tendon lies, along the inside of the foot and ankle that may be associated with swelling.
- Foot pain that intensifies with activity. Walking or standing for long periods of time may be difficult.
- Pain on the inside of the ankle. When your arch collapses, your heel bone can shift outwards into a new position, which can create pressure and pain on the ankle bone.
Fortunately, there are multiple treatment options and exercises Dr. Danciger can recommend, or prescribe, to help alleviate pain and heal the tendon. Common treatments include:
- Medication. Anti-inflammatory or pain reliever medicine can be prescribed to ease your pain and discomfort.
- Immobilization. In some cases, a leg cast or walking boot may be used to allow the tendon rest and for swelling to decrease.
- Orthotics or braces. These devices can be used to help moderate flatfoot by supporting and controlling the position of the foot.
- Physical therapy. Therapy can be used in order to help strengthen the posterior tibial tendon so healing can occur.
Enjoy your favorite sports this summer without ankle pain or injury! Contact our office today to set up an appointment with Dr. Danciger.
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