Ankle pain in tennis player

by Leovina
(Kitchener, ON, Canada)

I am a sportswomen and an avid tennis player (13 years now) and I have noticed that my ankle joint pain occurs when I'm playing tennis indoor on a hard court surface.


I have spent money on orthotics as advised by 2 chiropractors in the past 5 years. The orthotics and I do not get along together, based on the amount of tennis or other sports I play.

I'm a lover of high heeled footwear. It is when I switch from dress shoes to sports footwear that my ankle joints scream with pain, that most of the time I feel I'm crippled leaving the tennis courts. I have high pain tolerance but this ankle pain has knocked me out a few times that I can't even stand up on my own both feet.

I have in the past sprained both my ankles from playing rugby and tennis. A physiotherapist gave up treating me but my ankle problem prevailed despite the therapy and exercies. I found a chiropractor who does ART (Active Release Treatment). I got used to this treatment but it has not totally healed me.

I also, avail of manual therapy treatment for my sacro-iliac joint problem which I think links to my ankle joint issue.

I will appreciate any advice and your expertise and tell me what I am really going through.

Thank you in advance and look forward to reading from you.

Leovina

Hello Leovina,

Yes, certainly a troublesome ankle.

Frankly no particular insights without examining your ankle. One thought? try going without your high heels for four weeks - is it worse or is it better. High heels sometimes actually improve ankle problems.

The Active Release is great treatment, but has anybody checked the ankle mortice and subtalar joints. Sometimes a cuboid fixation too.

Do you do any ankle exercises. Plug "ankle exercises" into C-H Search this site and see if those exercises, done faithfully every day don't help.

Orthotics are an art. Done right they can be magic, but mostly in my experience seem to cause more problems. Ask about a possible short leg since you are also having SIJ pain.

I hope this contributes.

Dr B.

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Ankle pain when walking

by Richard
(London UK)

Hi,
Ankle pain when walking

I get pain in my left foot when I walk - on the top of the foot, in the ankle mortise lock towards right side. Also on the left, back outside side of the left foot.

The doctor says arthritis and recommends orthotics, injection then possible surgery.

There might be arthritis but, if so, mild; I feel the greater problem is mechanical.

I have high arches and have worn orthotics for years with great success but last year I stopped for about 4 months due to new, ill fitting shoes (I can still see myself in the shop thinking these will need wearing in)and also played some cricket which I hadn't done for years.

I might be wrong but I feel this caused a mechanical change in the foot hence the pain when walking rather than any arthritis, which if I have wasn't causing problems before the new shoes.

Could this be correct and are there chiro foot specialists?
Regards

Hello Richard,
I go along with your line of thinking, although arthritis in the ankle does cause pain when walking.

Incidently, "shoes that have to be worn in" is a big no-no. If they're not comfortable when you first try them on, put them back on the shelf.

It sounds like you haven't had X-rays taken yet. That's perhaps the place to start.

Having said that, I would first examine your foot and probably suggest half a dozen treatments first. Ionising radiation isn't good.

Yes, there certainly are chiropractors who specialise in feet. You may have to hunt a bit. Phone the GCC and ask for the names of Chiropractors with a FICS qualification. Sports chiropractic, which specialises in arm and leg problems.

Good luck, let us know in a month how you are getting on.

Dr B


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Severe ankle pain

by Cinzia
(London UK)

Hi, I had a car accident at the age of 15 and destroyed my right ankle. It was kind of put back together after a series of surgeries. Now almost 20 years later I am suffering some severe pain. I have been told that the only way to stop this is by having an ankle fusion.

I have been reading up on it and I am totally against it. Not sure what to do and besides the suffering I am very conscious about the way I look as it is affecting my walk too. I am only 44 and very active but this unfortunate situation is turning my life into hell. Any suggestions?
Thank you.

Hello Cinzia,
Could you get a copy of the xray? There are two kinds.

1. On plain film which you can photograph with your digital camera and then it's very easy to send to contact as a jpeg. With the flash off.

2. In a digital format you can also get them off the CD but may be more difficult if you are not a computer boff. Get help.

The films will give me an idea of what we are dealing with. Yes, a fusion is to be avoided if you can. Sometimes that, or an orthotic are the only options.

What treatment have you had? I suggest you contact the British chiropractic association and ask for the names of FICS trained chiros in your area. That's a post graduate sports course.

Let's start with the pictures, and copy of the report please.

Dr B

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Ankle pain after fracture in the past

by Nancy B
(Kennesaw, GA)

My sister recently found out she has an OLD fracture in her ankle. Don't know how old; anywhere from 10 to 20 years. She used to run; once she twisted her ankle while running and she said it popped out of socket but she did not go to a doctor.

Now, years later, she is have really bad pain; she has had a shot to help. She said she was doing better but now she is in much pain; she said she thinks it is because of the cold weather. She loves exercising and yoga and refuses to slow down even with the pain; she walks about 15 miles weekly and does yoga 3 time a week.

I forgot to mention she has had numbness, tingling, burning and PAIN. Will this be a life time of pain. She is now 69 and still going strong. She is in excellent shape.

Her doctor always teases her about being his patient with the young body. She looks great. The envy of many. Oh yea, she lifts weights 3 times weekly.

Hello Nancy,
I'm afraid I can't answer as to whether your sister will have a lifetime of pain or not. A good examination only will answer that, and knowing what bone was fractured.

She may have to change exercises like swimming and cycling which place less stress on the ankle.

Suggest she start our alphabet exercises which you can find using the search function in the navigation bar. They can't do any harm.

Time to start searching for a chiropractor who works with feet; she needs something more than an expensive pair of orthotics. Phone your local chiropractic association and ask for the name of a doctor with a FICS qualification; sports chiropractic.

Sorry I can't contribute more.

Dr B

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Ankle pain that comes and goes


Hi, I'm a average, fit, active 50 year old male, but I get occasional bouts of sudden pain in my ankle. It comes without any warning or injury. It feels like a really bad sprain and I am unable to walk; and then a few minutes later all is fine and I have no pain at all! There is no physical signs of injury, swelling etc.

This happened quite a bit 18 months ago and then all settled down, but it's now happened two days running again. I have seen my physician and he could not find anything wrong. I have no idea what brings this on; or what makes it go away.

I am worried when it's going to happen again and if it will last longer next time. Many thanks.

Seeing this has been going on for so long, it's time for an x-ray. Prod around in your ankle and try to determine exactly where it is, and which movements provoke it.

It's not profitable for me to speculate; there really are quite a lot of possibilities.

Think back; any old ankle injuries?

Dr B

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Right ankle pain

by Tania
(London)


I sprained my right ankle wearing a pair of wedges and fell forward of sprained ankle. About 6 months later I fell off a treadmill and sprained the other ankle.

My right ankle is the one that is giving me pain; this happened over a year ago. I was on crutches for a week and iced etc. X-ray showed nothing. My ankle hurts on the outside and swells during the day. The only time the swelling goes down is overnight. It hurts when I sit, stand and walk. I move it regularly to keep it mobile. The pain of late seems to be getting worse. I ice when I can and that hurts.

So I need to go back to Doctors for a scan instead of X-ray?

Hello Tania,
When you sprain your ankle various things can happen, one of which is a subluxated ankle mortise, or subtalar joint. Unless it's corrected, the ankle just goes on troubling.

It's possible you have an undiagnosed fracture; the xrays are difficult to read because of overlapping bones, making it difficult to read. So a scan is not out of place.

Start looking for a chiropractor with a FICS qualification; it's a specialisation in sports injuries.

Dr B

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Ankle pain with bruising

by Vanessa
(Clovis California)


I was wrestling with my niece when both our ankles hit. It bruised right away but didn't hurt. 3 days passed and now I can't stand on it and it hurts to move it in any direction. But I don't want to go to the doctor if it's nothing.

Hello Vanessa,
Ha, I would love to see an aunt and niece wrestling! Did you put it on Youtube?

Apologies, that was silly, and you may have a serious problem. I doubt from what you describe that you broke any bones, but it is a possibility, and if the swelling and pain continues for more than a week, then an xray should be considered.

More likely you have a contusion, and the treatment of choice is ICE; ice, compression and elevation.

Ice it several times a day, where a compressive bandage and keep it up.

I always add, do the alphabet exercises which you can find using the search function at Chiropractic Help. It's the best way to reduce the swelling.

A simple contusion is self limiting and should improve within a week; if it's not, then see your chosen health care provider.

I hope this contributes.

Dr B

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