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How Physiotherapy can treat painful ankles

How physiotherapy can treat painful ankles from running

If the Manchester Marathon is on your to-do list for this year, then it’s important to make sure you’re in good shape to complete those 26.2 miles.  There’s no denying the fact that it WILL be a long hard slog!!

Our physiotherapy team regularly see all types of problems associated with running and – more importantly – they know how to treat them well!   Here’s an example of one such case.

A patient limped into our clinic following a run as her ankle had slowly become painful and swollen.  She had been for an x-ray which showed no fracture which was a relief, but she remained worried because she’d previously had 2 breaks on the same ankle, which had been very slow to get better.  She also hadn’t undergone any physiotherapy treatment in the past.

The ankle looked swollen, was very stiff and was painful at the front and inside the arch, resulting in her losing balance as her ability to know where her foot was in relation to the ground was much reduced.  Our patient was treated with ‘hands-on’ massage and mobilisation to her foot and ankle which helped to mobilise the joints in the foot and to reduce the swelling in the ankle and lower leg.

“It feels wonderful to have somebody touch my foot! I’ve been too frightened to do it myself because of the pain and it’s been getting stiffer and stiffer.”

Running feet - The Brookdale ClinicShe was given home exercises to assist with her balance and to improve her movement and walking.  When she returned for re-assessment a few weeks later, her pain had virtually gone and her walking pattern was back to normal.  The advice to continue working on her balance and slowly return to her usual everyday activities such as walking the dog and running was taken on board and a full recovery was imminent.

So there you have it!  If your feet and ankles feel like they could do with some TLC prior to your next big run, now is the time to book your physiotherapy appointment here at The Brookdale Clinic on 01565 651832.