Your ankle connects your foot and leg. There are 3 joints within your ankle: the subtalar joint, the inferior tibiofibular joint and the ankle joint proper. The joints in your ankle are kept stable with strong ligaments. Your main ankle bones include the tibia and fibula which make up your lower leg and the talus which is in your foot.
Damage can occur to the soft tissues, particularly your ankle ligaments which can cause a sprain and your bones can also become fractured. Any inflammation will cause pain and injury that may affect the functioning of your ankle and if the structures supporting your ankle are damaged, not seeking correct treatment may mean you could put yourself at risk of further damage.
Physiotherapy is an effective method of rehabilitation for soft tissue injuries and also for rehabilitation post-fracture in order to make sure you return to pre-injury condition.
What ankle conditions do we treat?
There are several different ankle conditions we treat at Farrell Physiotherapy as there are different structures within your ankle that can be damaged.
Your physiotherapist will carry out a full subjective and objective assessment of your symptoms to determine what ankle condition you have and therefore the most appropriate physiotherapy treatment.
Common ankle conditions treated at Farrell Physiotherapy include:
What treatment options are available for ankle conditions?
Your physiotherapist will provide you with a tailored treatment programme after they have carried out their assessment. Physiotherapy treatment varies depending on your condition and what your goals are. There are a wide range of physiotherapy treatment options available for ankle conditions.
Treatment can include:
- Ice or heat therapy
- Orthotic or insole advice
- Activity modification advice
- Joint mobilisation
- Passive stretching exercises
- Strengthening exercises
- Balance exercises
- Sport-specific exercises
- Walking aid education
- Range of movement exercises
- Gait re-education
- Graded return to activity
- Anti-inflammatory advice
What is the benefit of physiotherapy for an ankle condition?
There are many benefits of physiotherapy for ankle conditions and it is our goal to get you back to your best in the shortest space of time and safest way possible. The benefits you feel from physiotherapy will depend on what your condition is and what your original symptoms were.
Physiotherapy assists with:
- Reduced pain
- Improved strength
- Improved flexibility
- Increased balance and co-ordination
- Accelerated healing
- Prevention of the injury recurring
- Shorter recovery time
Why choose Farrell Physiotherapy?
We pride ourselves on providing excellent patient care ensuring you are always at the centre of what we do. We are committed to continuous education and development to make sure we are up to date with the latest practices and therefore you can feel confident you are getting the best possible advice and care when coming to Farrell Physiotherapy.