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Chiropractic, Your Ankles, and You

By Kate Gardner 

Chiropractic care often brings to mind thoughts of aching backs and kinked necks, but let's talk about ankles for a minute. Our ankles take a lot of abuse. Along with our feet, they help support and cart around our entire body weight, often walking miles a day! Our ankles have to be tough to withstand the pressure they're subjected to on a daily basis, but they aren't invincible and can often be injured. 

Ankle Anatomy takes us on a tour of your ankle. Ankles are actually made up of two joints: the true ankle joint and the subtalar joint. The true ankle joint exists where the bones of your lower leg (the tibia and fibula) meet the talus (a small bone located just above your heel bone). This joint allows your foot to move up and down. The subtalar joint sits below this and allows your foot to move from side to side. The entire ankle is well supported by strong ligaments and tendons. 

Common Ankle Problems 

Ankle injuries are not uncommon and can run the gamut from sudden, acute injuries to those repetitive-stress injuries which can sneak up on you. Here are several of the more common ankle injuries.  

  • Sprains - What comes to mind when you think of ankle injuries? Sprains! A sprain occurs when you damage one of the ligaments that support the ankle. Ankle sprains can occur on the inner and outer ankle and the pain may radiate up into the leg or down into the foot. 

  • Rheumatoid arthritis - Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that causes swelling, pain, and immobility in joints throughout the body, including the ankles. 

  • Tendonitis - Tendonitis occurs when one of the tendons that supports your ankles becomes inflamed and painful. Tendonitis may be caused by repetitive stress (performing the same movement over and over).   

Chiropractic Care for Your Ankles

Chiropractic care can be a useful tool in caring for ankles and helping them heal from injuries. When the bones of the ankle aren't in the correct position (possibly due to some of the issues discussed above), the ankle joints can become restricted (not in the proper position). This can cause pain and restricted mobility. Chiropractic adjustment can help reduce joint restrictions by restoring proper alignment. This may help reduce pain and swelling, increase joint mobility, and improve range of motion. 

Your ankles do a lot for you. Show them some love by taking care of them too! 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Valencia, Calif.

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