If you suffer from ankle pain and can’t seem to get rid of it, then read on… because in today’s blog post, I talk about why you get ankle pain and more importantly, how to get rid of it and keep it at bay.
The Achilles tendon sits at the back of your heel and is also the thickest tendon in your body. A lot of the time if someone asks about ankle pain, it tends to be related to this tendon.
In fact this is a common question we get asked by patients visiting our clinic for the first time. Why does my achilles’ pain keep coming back? Just a few weeks ago, I had a new patient with that very same question.
The patient in question Is a very keen runner and needed to get fit for a sponsored run which was approaching fast. Although he knew that he was “running” out of time, he was most frustrated by his Achilles’ tendon pain that had stopped him from training.
He’s had had some physiotherapy treatment in the past, (1 or 2 sessions here and there) to ease the tendons. It worked for a while, however the pain returned shortly after and he felt like he was back to square one.
If this sounds familiar to you, you’re not alone, because pain in your Achilles’ is actually pretty common.
Now the reason for this patient’s Achilles’ tendon pain coming back AND the reason for many individuals having recurrences of this pain, is that the ROOT cause of the pain was not identified! In this case the root cause was the patients foot position.
“But how can foot position affect your Achilles’ tendon?”, I hear you ask. Well your feet are literally the foundations of your body, and as with the foundations of a house, if they are not strong, cracks will soon appear.
In the same way, if your feet are not in the correct position, more stress will be going through certain parts of your body (Achilles’ tendon) and you’ll experience pain.
It was identified through a thorough assessment that the patient was actually rolling over on one foot (foot arch dropped) too much..
When this happens the Achilles’ tendon is put under more stress over time, getting tighter and tighter and rubbing more and more behind the heel. Ultimately it becomes very sore!
It’s really no surprise that this pain kept coming back!! The root cause of this patient’s pain was corrected with prescription orthotics (customised insoles) being placed into each shoe, to lift the arch of the foot up.
A treatment plan was also designed to reduce the pain immediately, get the patient stronger, more flexible and ensure they can run without fear of this coming back again.
It didn’t take long for the patient to start feeling much better!
If you’re struggling with ankle pain yourself, make sure to have YOUR root cause identified so you can get back to all activities comfortably and worry free.
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