The answer is that you likely have a high ankle sprain, which tends to make your ankle hurt but not cause swelling.
High ankle sprains are also called syndesmotic ankle injuries. They affect the ligaments between your tibia and fibula, and these are found just above your ankle joint. It’s estimated that nearly 6% of acute ankle sprains are high ankle sprains. A physical therapist can help you determine how you developed a high ankle sprain. They can help you find effective treatment for your hurt ankle with no swelling as well.
What causes high ankle sprains?
There are many ways you can develop a high ankle sprain. Some common ways people develop this issue that causes the ankle to hurt with no swelling are:
- Over-rotating the foot — The ankle and lower leg are heavily involved in rotating your foot. Rotating the foot too far outward while walking or running is a common cause of high ankle sprains.
- Playing sports — Sports that involve sudden changes of direction are likely to trigger a high ankle sprain; these directional changes cause athletes to twist their legs and feet. In turn, this can lead to foot over-rotation.
Ways a physical therapist can treat a high ankle sprain
Treating a high ankle sprain is something a physical therapist can do. These specialists are trained to address high ankle sprains and many other musculoskeletal disorders. Often, your therapist will combine several therapy techniques to help your injured ankle. A few of the therapy methods your therapist may use include:
- Balance training designed to help you maintain better balance while walking or running.
- Gait evaluations intended to pinpoint underlying issues that might lead to future high ankle sprains.
- Therapeutic exercises that focus on strengthening your feet, ankles and legs.
- Shoe and orthotic recommendations that can help you avoid future injuries.
Find help with a hurt ankle that’s not swelling at Armor PT
Does your ankle hurt? Are you experiencing little to no swelling? Our Armor Physical Therapy team can help treat the high ankle sprains that often cause such symptoms. We offer free screenings intended to confirm you have a high ankle sprain. Also, our team is adept at constructing customized therapy plans designed to reduce pain and prevent future ankle injuries.
Contact us today for more information about how we can treat your painful ankle or to schedule an initial appointment.