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Footballer's Ankle Physiotherapy

Footballer's ankle refers specificly to a soft tissue injury i.e. an injury to non-bony tissue of the ankle, such as the

  • muscles
  • tendons
  • ligaments and
  • nerves

- of the ankle. Most commonly it presents as the pinching/compression of ligaments or tendons of the ankle especially between the talus and tibial bone. This causes the tendon/ligaments to swell and become painful (don't forget to apply RICE therapy within first 72 hours).

Eventhough it's called "footballer's ankle" and yes, it's a common injury for football players (casual, amateur or professional), yet anyone can sustain this injury (see next point on common causes).

common causes of footballer's ankle

Most commonly it's caused by a bone spur (bone growth) either on

  • talus bone (ankle bone) or
  • tibia bone (shin bone)

The reason for this is that repeated kicking motions/actions may increase the chance of the ankle bone to knock into the bottom of the shin bone regularly, and over time, this causes a bone spur to grow at the same spot.

Gradually over time, with repeated knocking due to footback, this same bone spur will slowly as it grows larger, start compressing other structures and soft tissues at the front of the ankle. This causes pain, inflammation and swelling. This painful ankle condition is common in athletes who repeatedly lift the ankle upwards.

symptoms of footballer's ankle

The common symptoms of footballer's ankle are:

  • pain and tenderness over the front (anterior) of ankle joint
  • pain on lifting up and pressing down motion of the ankle (especially with resistance)
  • band of pain across anterior ankle when kicking a ball
  • bony lump on distal tibia or superior talus

Footballer's Ankle Physiotherapy

Our senior physiotherapist will first need to do a comprehensive assessment of the patient's knee, to check on differential diagnosis. At the same time, they also will find out which ankle structures are injured, how badly injured is it, what is the exact cause and then form a customized physiotherapy program for the patient.

Managing conditions like footballer's ankle is a common area of practice and expertise for our senior physiotherapists, and we usually will have to factor in the movement of the entire body as well - reason is twofold:

  • we have senior physios who loves sports and more importantly,
  • the body and limbs do not move in isolation, they move as a whole, and therefore should be treated as a whole

Patients can expect and be assured that we will provide you and your footballers with the appropriate physiotherapy diagnosis, specific customized physiotherapy treatment and exercise plan to get you back to playing at your best.

Patients may also receive:

  • ultrasound therapy to accelerate soft tissue healing
  • exercise therapy to strengthen the muscles surrounding the ankle
  • core strengthening exercises
  • sports-specific physio (in this case, football specific)

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Sports and deep tissue release massage helps to increase nutrient-rich blood flow to tired, tight and tense muscles to accelerate recovery and  shorten downtime / recovery period required.

It also prevents muscles from scar tissue micro-tears (and potential ruptures), and increases muscle performance. Having regular deep tissue and sports massage will keep your muscles healthy and fit with body/movement-confidence.

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At the first session, our specialist physiotherapists will carry out a thorough assessment, helping them to select the most appropriate treatment to help you recover as well as provide treatment in the same session.

Follow up sessions are inline to provide expert treatment for your pain as well as prescribing specific exercises to reduce your risk of re-injury and giving you a long term solution.

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