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Ankle pain

If you are experiencing ankle pain, physical therapy can get you back on your feet while reducing the risk of further injury.

Physical therapy for ankle pain

Ankle injuries are a common source of pain, especially among athletes. While these injuries may be familiar, they can be very debilitating and limit the ability to run, play sports, walk, or even complete everyday activities.

A physical therapy program for ankle pain can help you strengthen muscles and prevent another injury. According to the Cleveland Clinic, providers treat more severe pain with braces and splits, injections, and surgery.

In addition to ankle pain, you may experience swelling, instability, bruising, numbness, tingling, burning, poor balance, stiffness, and more intense pain when participating in weight-bearing activities.

Causes of ankle pain

Injury to the ankle can occur among athletes, typically while running, jumping, walking, or even as a result of a fall. Ankle pain can also be a chronic issue, such as in people with arthritis.

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Ankle pain symptoms

Patients suffering from ankle pain may experience the following symptoms:

  • Ankle stiffness
  • Swelling around the ankle
  • Instability and poor balance
  • Bruising
  • Numbness, tingling, burning, or sensation in the ankle
  • Pain that worsens with weight-bearing activities
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How we treat ankle pain

Because the rate for reported ankle injuries like sprains and recurrence is between 12% to 47%, our approach is designed to help you recover from your current injury and prevent it from happening again.

The treatment you receive for your ankle pain may include:

Ankle pain diagnoses physical therapy can treat

Many different issues can cause ankle pain, including:

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What to expect

Your first physical therapy appointment is about creating a personalized treatment plan based on your health history, diagnosis, and goals. Here’s what you can expect at your first physical therapy appointment:

Your first appointment will last about an hour. Please arrive 15 minutes early.

If applicable, bring your physician referral or prescription, insurance card, paperwork, ID, and co-payment.

At your appointment, we’ll do an initial evaluation and discuss your care plan.

*Services are not available at every location. Visit our Locations page for more details.