Inner Ankle Pain
Foot & Ankle pain can be complex and distressing, often affecting your ability to enjoy even the simplest daily activities. With us you are in good hands. We understand Foot pain from a patient perspective and have the experience to help you to manage it effectively.
Most Common Inner Ankle Injuries
Posterior Tibial Tendinopathy
Posterior Tibial Tendinopathy (or Posterior Tibia Tendon Dysfunction) is a common condition affecting the inner ankle. If you have pain on the inside of your ankle – please do not hesitate to contact us as this condition can be troublesome if not managed properly.
Pain on inside of the Ankle/ Shin
Symptoms can vary between sharp or aching pains from the inner arch – to behind the ankle and up the lower shin.
4 Stages of Injury
These 4 stages range from mild pain, swelling and inflammation to acquired flat foot and fixed arthritic deformity in later stages.
Range of tailored Treatments
Custom Foot Orthoses, Footwear advice & Exercise Therapy are frontline treatments. For later stages, Radial Shockwave Therapy and sometimes Ankle Foot Orthoses can be necessary.
The Inner Ankle is home to many different anatomical structures including tendons, arteries, veins and nerves. These structures are all closely packed behind Retinacula. This is a structure that somewhat resembles Fascia or Ligament, keeping all of the anatomy of the Inner Ankle in place.
With such a range of Anatomy running through this area, it is no surprise that Inner Ankle pain presents frequently at our clinics. Some of the more common Inner Ankle conditions are listed below.
Other Inner Ankle Injuries
Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
Much like Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in the wrist, this condition can lead to entrapment of the Tibial Nerve behind the Ankle.
Long Flexor Tendinopathy
Other tendons besides the Posterior Tibial Tendon run behind the Ankle. These can become inflamed, overloaded or degenerative following trauma or overuse injury.
Ankle Arthritis (usually formed following trauma) can affect the Inner Ankle. This can cause stiffness and swelling and is usually exacerbated with walking/sports activities.
Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome
Although MTSS affects the shin, it is usually felt in the lower third of the shin bone. This can be felt low down the Tibia, towards the Inner Ankle.
There are many injuries that can lead to pain on the Inner Ankle. Taking your in-depth medical history of and Lower Limb examination allow us to differentially diagnose Inner Ankle pain.
Risk Factors for Inner Ankle Pain
‘Too much too soon after doing too little for too long’
Inner Ankle Pain is often a result of an increase in load. This can stem from training error, weight gain and many other factors. Inappropriate footwear for sport or other activities is often a cause for Inner Ankle Pain.
Body Mass Index
The heavier we are (greater our BMI) the more susceptible we are to Foot & Ankle Pain. Load management and movement to encourage weight loss will not only be good for patients feet, but also for their cardiovascular system. Let us help you be a healthier you.
Flat or High Arched Feet
In some cases excess rotation associated with Flat Feet can place stress on the inside of the Ankle. This can cause compressions on nerves – as well as tractions on soft tissue insertions. Mechanical issues which may be associated with Flat or High Arched Feet can often lead to the development of Inner Ankle Pain.
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Starting with a good history of your symptoms, together we can make informed choices about your treatment.