Acute ankle injuries are sudden onset sprains, strains, and fractures. An ankle sprain is an injury to the ligaments in the ankle, a fracture or broken ankle is an injury to the bone, and a strain is a tear of any of the tendons which attach muscles to bone and enable movement. If the injury is severe or a fracture is suspected always seek medical advice as soon as possible.
Lateral ankle pain is a pain on the outside of the ankle, which usually develops over time as opposed to an acute ankle injury, such as a sprained ankle which happens suddenly. Chronic ankle injuries can occur following an acute ankle injury which has failed to heal properly or was not treated correctly in the beginning. The most common causes of gradual onset pain on the outside of the ankle are peroneal tendinopathy (tendinitis) and sinus tarsi syndrome.
Lower leg and ankle rehabilitation exercises for ankle, shin, and calf injuries. Once pain allows, isometric or static exercises can begin, followed by dynamic strengthening exercises. It is important to include balance or proprioception exercises, as well as more functional or sports specific exercises
Pain at the front of the ankle, which has come on gradually rather than from a sudden twisting or trauma, is usually due to impingement or tibialis anterior tendinopathy (tendinitis). Anterior ankle impingement occurs when a bony growth at the front of the ankle bone where it meets the shin bone restricts normal ankle range of motion. Tendonitis of the large tibialis anterior muscle on the outside of the shin can occur through overuse.
Ankle injuries can be acute (sudden onset), such as ankle sprains, strains, and fractures, or gradual onset through overuse or degeneration of tissues. Here we explain acute ankle injuries, lateral ankle pain (outside of the ankle), medial ankle pain (inside of the ankle), anterior ankle pain (front of the ankle), and Achilles pain at the back of the ankle.
Wobble balance board exercises aim to improve proprioception, which is our sense and awareness of the position of our body parts and is closely linked to balance. Having good proprioception helps to reduce the risk of injury, especially for ankle sprains and other lower limb injuries. On this page: Why is proprioception important? Benefits of …