Pain in your ankle can be caused by any number of reasons:
- ankle sprain, dislocation or fracture
- high heel shoes
- excessive weight
- tendon sheath inflammation (tenosynovitis)
- flat feet
- Achilles tendonitis or rupture
How Active Foot Care Clinic and Orthotic Centre can help:
The chiropodist/foot care specialist at our Brantford and Hamilton locations provide a wide range of options to help you with your ankle pain:
- Custom made orthotics
The most effective treatment to help alleviate ankle pain, custom made orthotics addresses your present ankle pain, and acts as a preventative treatment to restrict ankle pain from returning. Orthotics improve the alignment and function of the foot, and reduce ankle pain with each step. They are available in a variety of materials, designs, styles, shapes and corrections, to treat your ankle pain. For more information, please visit our custom foot orthotics web pages.
- Cold laser therapy
Also known as low level laser therapy (LLLT), cold laser therapy has been widely used in Europe for over 35 years, and has been the subject of numerous worldwide studies with over 3,500 scientific papers published. Ankle pain can be effectively treated by cold laser therapy. For more information on Active Foot Care Clinic and Orthotic Centre's cold laser therapy services in Brantford and Hamilton, please call us, or visit our laser and shockwave web page.
- Shockwave therapy
Also known as extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT), shockwave therapy accelerates the healing process in the ankle by stimulating metabolism and enhancing blood circulation to regenerate damaged tissue. For more information on Active Foot Care Clinic and Orthotic Centre's shockwave therapy services in Brantford and Hamilton, please call us, or visit our laser and shockwave web page.
- Strengthening and stretching exercises
Elastic resistance can increase strength and mobility, encourage blood flow, and reduce ankle pain.
- Night splints
Designed to keep the ankle in a stable position overnight, night splints help to reduce any ankle pain that occurs when you take your first morning step upon waking.
Adequate indoor and outdoor footwear plays an important role in the recovery from ankle pain. At Active Foot Care Clinic and Orthotic Centre's Hamilton and Brantford locations, our experts can assist you in selecting the most appropriate footwear for your feet.
The chiropodists/foot care specialists at Active Foot Care Clinic and Orthotic Centre in Hamilton and Brantford may prescribe anti-inflammatory medications to help manage ankle pain and reduce inflammation. Oral NSAID medication (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), injectable cortisone, or topical medications (anti-inflammatory or analgesics) can be administered for treating the acute or long term chronic forms of ankle pain. Please contact our chiropodist/foot care specialist to learn more about which treatment would work best for you.
- Cortisone injections
Cortisone is a powerful anti-inflammatory substance which can reduce inflammation surrounding the ankle, and lead to pain relief. Ankle pain can effectively be abated via a regularly scheduled injection of cortisone at Active Foot Care Clinic and Orthotic Centre's Brantford or Hamilton locations.
- Contrast baths
Alternating heat and ice will cause circulation in the ankle to open and close, thus reducing inflammation and ankle pain.
- Ankle taping
Taping your ankle will provide short term relief in acute cases of ankle pain.
- Arch supports
Active Foot Care Clinic and Orthotic Centre's Brantford and Hamilton locations offers a line of arch supports which are used to treat milder forms of ankle pain, offering temporary relief while waiting for custom made orthotics to be manufactured, or as an extra device for additional pairs of shoes.
In some cases surgery will provide the best outcome in effectively remedying ankle pain and inflammation.