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Chiropractic and Ankle Instability

If you have ever twisted your ankle, you might still have a weakness even though you have recovered from the pain. It is important to understand how your old injury could be causing problems in the future.

The most common injury to the ankle is turning it in, such as when playing sports, walking on uneven ground, or wearing high heels and turning it over by stepping on a stone or the edge of a curb. This is the most common type of ankle sprain. Occasionally, the end of the bone on the outside of the ankle breaks, but more often, the ligaments of the ankle on the outside and front get torn, producing massive swelling and bruising.

It can take 4 to 6 weeks to recover from the immediate injury, but the ligaments very rarely repair satisfactorily and often become full of scar tissue, which is not elastic. This increases the likelihood of rolling over again and experiencing several further sprains. Such repeated traumas can influence the mechanics of the ankle and cause problems in the joint and the structures above, such as the knee and spine.

These issues usually become apparent after jogging or long walks, especially on uneven ground. However, as the symptoms may be in a distant joint, you might not necessarily think of that old ankle injury as the origin of the problem. Chiropractic treatment can help prevent chronic and recurrent issues. Your chiropractor will, through careful case history and examination, be able to discover the cause and remedy it accordingly.

Pronation of the Feet

Chiropractors recognise that this can be caused by a weakness in the calf and foot muscles and produces distortion such as flat feet, bunions, hammer toes and widening of the forefoot.

Although pronation is often a consequence of ankle instability, it can occur on its own through various other factors such as prolonged standing, bad shoes or inherited tendencies. Much is now known about foot pronation and many chiropodists or podiatrists treat it with insoles or orthotics. It is important, however, to deal with any mechanical and muscle imbalance problems that may exist and your chiropractor is ideally suited to diagnose and treat the problem.

Here at the Isis clinics we offer to correct the problem and can fit you with customised orthotics. The chiropractors will also advise you on the correct shoe wear and on the right type of exercise to help the condition.

What is ‘Flat Feet’?

The feet have two arches, one on the inside and one of the outside of the foot, allowing for correct propulsion. Wearing shoes on even surfaces means the arches of the feet do not get used for shock absorbance. The muscles weaken and eventually the arches drop, causing the person to become mildly ‘knock kneed’. This puts more pressure on the inside joint of the knee and can result in arthritis and cartilage problems.

An assessment by the chiropractor will determine if the arches have dropped. If they have, this can be addressed by exercises to strengthen the muscles and use of arch support. Nerve irritation in the lower back can often cause weakness in the legs, therefore, Chiropractors will also assess the spine as a possible source of the problem.

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