Can Your Chiropractor Ease Ankle Pain?
If you have ever had an ankle injury, you know how it can affect your mobility for months, and if left untreated, for years. The trouble with ankle injuries is that they are often misdiagnosed because they can affect other areas of the body. Pain in your hip, knee or lower back is commonly caused by an ankle injury; but can often be treated as an injury to the part of the anatomy that is experiencing the pain.
In addition to a possible misdiagnosis, you may be choosing pain medications over a more holistic approach to assessment and healing. Many people spend a great deal of time and money masking symptoms with pain relievers, never really addressing the root cause.
The Ankle is an Intricate Structure
The ankle is made up of bones, ligaments, joints, muscle, cartilage and tendons. Under regular circumstances, this structure should last you a lifetime of supporting the weight of your body in relation to your daily activity.
If there is an injury that has not healed properly, the impact can lead to lifelong pain, re-injury or discomfort.
Typically people are advised to start with R.I.C.E – rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Some will even suggest replacing the ‘R’ (rest) with ‘M’ (movement). If this is the case, movement is required to be done safely, slowly and carefully as to not cause further injury or inflammation.
Other types of traditional treatment include pain control through over-the-counter or prescription medication, severe injuries may require surgery.
When to see a Chiropractor like Dr Brandon Herrington
You should see Dr Herrington proactively, but also at the onset of discomfort or an injury. He will initially assess the source of your pain to uncover what the best course of your treatment will be.
As the ankle heals and the inflammation subsides, chiropractic adjustments to the ankle and foot can be introduced. The goal is to provide a means to reduce pain, increase healing, and prevent further injuries.
Regular chiropractic treatments will help to strengthen the ankle and increase its stability while improving mobility and flexibility with the least amount of nerve and tissue damage. Regular treatments will help facilitate blood flow and help your ankle heal faster. This paired with lifestyle changes, gentle stret