Ankle, Shin and Lower Leg Conditions
Ankle sprains are amongst the most common reasons people present to the emergency room of hospitals in Australia. Similarly, they are one of the main reasons people attend our clinic.
An ankle sprain or any injury to the ankle requires a lot of rehab both initially after the sprain and in the months after to ensure a full recovery.
When someone experiences a sprain or injury of the ankle, shin, or lower leg, it can cause long term problems if not taken care of properly.
One of the most common things we hear patients say when it comes to their ankles is “they feel like their ankles are weak”. This is normally a sign that they haven’t rehabbed an injury previously or that their proprioception(balance) and leg strength isn’t as good as it should be.
At Hurst Podiatry, we are wonderfully equipped to help with these issues and get to the why of your ankle weakness. Through a combination of anatomy knowledge and an understanding of gait (walking mechanics), we can work with you to build rehab and conditioning programs as well as fit you for orthotics, braces, and moon boots to treat your ankle and lower leg conditions.
Causes of Ankle, Shin, and Lower Limb Conditions
While ankle sprains are common, not all ankle and lower limb problems are centred around ankle sprains.
Another common cues of pain and injury to this area of the body is from overuse injuries. These can be due to running and walking technique, footwear choices or training load mistakes.
In this case our team will work out where your pain is coming from, apply our knowledge of biomechanics and anatomy to understand exactly why this is happening and then build you a solution to guide you through the pain. This what, where why approach means we find your solution does not offer a generic set of products and treatments.
Common Ankle and Lower Leg Conditions
Some of the more common shin and ankle conditions we treat are:
- Talar dome issues
- Achilles strains, tendinopathies, and tears
- Retrocalcaneal bursitis
- Inversion ankle sprain (twisted ankle)
- High ankle sprains (syndesmosis injuries)
- Shin splints (MTSS)
- Stress fractures
- Potts fracture
- Eversion ankle sprain (sprain on the medial or inside part of your ankle)
- Tarsal tunnel syndrome
- Ankle equinus (tight calves)
- Muscle tendinopathies
These are just some of the conditions that can affect your ankles and/or lower limbs.
How We Can Help You at Hurst Podiatry
Here at Hurst Podiatry, we’re experienced in the assessment, diagnosing and treatment of many conditions that can affect the feet and lower legs, including those that affect your ankles and shins.
When we treat any condition affecting your ankle, shins, or lower legs, our aim is to find the reason behind the problem. That way we not only treat the current problem efficiently, but we can also help to avoid future injuries, pain, or discomfort from occurring too.
If you are experiencing pain or discomfort in your shins, ankles, or lower leg area in Melbourne’s Northeast, book in to see us here at Hurst Podiatry. Call 03 5901 2216 or book online here.
Frequently Asked Questions about Ankle, Shin & Lower Leg Conditions
Can podiatrist’s help with a sprained ankle?
Yes, our podiatrists can assess the severity of your ankle sprain and map out a plan to get your fully recovered. We will source imaging to discover the severity of the injury, then provide any boots or braces required and start you on a multistage custom exercise program to get you back moving and most perhaps most importantly reduce your chances of hurting the ankle again.
My ankles feel weak, what can I do?
This is very common in ankle that have been previously damaged but rehabbed fully. We can help assess what is causing the weakness, identify the weakened areas and help build them up using combinations of braces, orthotics, footwear and custom multi staged strengthening programs.
How long does it take to get better from an ankle sprain?
This is mainly dictated by the severity of the injury. A minor sprain can be as quick as a week or two conversely a more severe sprain or injury can take several months. Our team can help work out how severe the injury is and give you a proper guideline on how long your recovery is likely to take.
I have a sore achilles what can I do?
A whole lot of things! For less severe injuries treatment might include hot/cold therapy, massage, ultrasound, heel raises, footwear changes and mobility and strength training. In more chronic and severe cases our team may also suggest using shockwave therapy, dry needling, K Laser therapy, orthotics, or a moon boot. We can help you navigate all the different options available to pick the best solutions to help your individual case.
Should I see a podiatrist for a sore achilles?
We certainly think so, podiatrists are foot and ankle specialists, so we have a tremendous skill set to help with achilles pain but acute and more chronic. Chronic cases podiatrists can be particularly suited as often these sorts of cases have more biomechanical origins caused by the way someone walks. Podiatrists are specialists in understanding walking and running mechanics so they can help you get to the real cause of your achilles pain.
Do I need a referral to come to Hurst Podiatry?
No, a referral is not required to book in to see us here at Hurst Podiatry.
We’re available to patients of all ages, whether you’ve experienced an injury, you need help taking care of your feet, or you’re experiencing discomfort in your lower limbs, because everyone is welcome here at Hurst Podiatry.
We have 5 clinic locations in the Eastern suburbs of Melbourne, including in Healesville, Croydon, Kilsyth, and Mooroolbark.
Book today by calling us on (03) 5901 2216 or booking online here.