Whether it’s an Achilles tendinitis flare-up, arthritis or a fracture, ankle pain can be a particularly debilitating issue to deal with. After all, we use our ankles to complete nearly any task that doesn’t involve sitting. If every step is painful and you can’t do your job with crutches or other aids, ankle pain can start to seriously interfere with your quality of life.
This is why it’s so important to seek professional attention for ankle pain that does not improve in a short period of time. Physical therapy can be a particularly effective form of ankle pain treatment that uses natural movements and exercises to restore functionality and range of motion.
To help patients in Mattawan, Michigan, learn about their ankle pain treatment options, Armor Physical Therapy has created the following guide. We want to help you feel empowered as a patient and make an informed decision about your care. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you’d like to learn more about the care we can provide.
Ankle pain treatment techniques our therapists may recommend
When you meet with one of our highly-skilled physical therapists, you should expect to receive a thorough evaluation of your movement and posture while also discussing your treatment history and symptoms. Your therapist may also need to perform a hands-on examination of your ankle to test for painful areas, so there’s a chance you could experience some mild discomfort.
After the evaluation is complete, he or she will recommend specific ankle pain treatments, including:
- Manual therapy — A therapist will use a variety of hands-on methods to relax tense muscles, activate joints and increase range of motion.
- Therapeutic exercise — Targeted exercises can help strengthen muscles that support the ankle to relieve pressure on the joint and increase stability.
- Myofascial release — Also called trigger point therapy, myofascial release involves the releasing of painful bundles of soft tissue that can develop in injured areas.
Your therapist can also provide instruction on performing exercises safely at home, improving posture and gait during daily activities and how to properly administer at-home treatments like hot and cold therapy.
Armor Physical Therapy is here to help Mattawan patients
If you’re suffering from ankle pain that is keeping you from your favorite people and pastimes and interfering with your productivity, don’t wait any longer. Contact the compassionate experts at Armor Physical Therapy in Mattawan to schedule your initial appointment and start your journey toward relief.