Medial Ankle Pain

2 activities you should avoid with medial ankle pain

Medial ankle pain is pain felt on the inside of your ankle. It’s typically caused by some sort of rolling or twisting motion, and when left untreated this kind of pain could lead to a stress fracture or even an ankle sprain. Ankle pain like this can often leave people discouraged by a decrease in physical mobility and independence. Physical therapists can help identify what your ankle pain might be caused by, and what the best course of action may be for you. Physical therapy is a great option for those hoping to build ankle strength, flexibility and range of motion. It’s also helpful for those looking for ankle rehabilitation and even pain management.

What are some possible causes of medial ankle pain?

  • Ankle sprain — Sprains are a result of an injury to ligaments. Medial ankle pain can be caused by a type of sprain called an eversion sprain. This type of sprain occurs when your ankle rolls outward and tears or overstretches ankle ligaments.
  • Stress fracture — Stress fractures from overuse could be the root of your pain. If you are experiencing a stress fracture, you may see swelling or bruising on your foot and ankle.
  • Arthritis — There are different kinds of arthritis that could cause pain in your ankle, like rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. To learn more about what kinds of exercises can help with ankle arthritis pain management, click here.
  • Tendinitis — Inflammation of the posterior tibial tendon due to overuse or injury can lead to this type of pain.

What should I try to avoid if I have medial ankle pain?

  1. Excessive walking or running — If you’re experiencing this type of pain in your ankle, it may be best to keep your weight off it as much as possible for a few days. A physical therapist can help you determine how long you should rest your ankle. 
  1. Ignoring the pain — If you choose to ignore the pain, you put yourself at risk for greater injury or even permanent damage. It’s best to consult a physical therapist or other professional who can evaluate your situation.

If you or someone you know has medial ankle pain, it can be beneficial to consult with an experienced physical therapist who can help assess your pain for the best possible treatment. SOL Physical Therapy can help you find relief and create a rehabilitation plan customized to your needs.

Contact our team today for more information about treatment for ankle pain or to schedule an initial appointment.