Five sports that can lead to ankle pain and stiffness

There can be many causes of ankle pain and stiffness, from simple gait issues to age-related conditions like arthritis, but sports-related injuries are among the most common. The high-impact motions involved with most sports, such as running and jumping, put a tremendous load on the ankles that make the development of injuries much more likely. 

Among other treatment options, physical therapy is such an effective form of treatment for sports-related ankle pain because it helps to address the underlying causes. To help you understand how different sports cause ankle pain and the ways physical therapy can help, our team has created this guide. Please reach out to us if you have any questions or would like to learn more about our options for treating ankle pain. 

These activities often cause ankle pain and stiffness

Sports are a great way to have fun, either by yourself or with others, while also getting exercise. Unfortunately, certain sports can place more strain on joints such as the hips, knees and ankles. This means a greater likelihood of injury. While you definitely don’t have to avoid these sports altogether, it is important to practice good form and posture if you participate in any of the following: 

  1. Running — The repetitive pounding of the feet against the pavement can put a lot of stress on the ankles, especially if there are imbalances and misalignments in the feet. 
  2. Basketball — The jumping, sudden directional changes and physical contact involved with basketball gives this sport a high incidence of ankle injuries. 
  3. Football — Even in flag or touch football, the high speeds and awkward angles can put an excessive degree of stress on the ankles of both offensive and defensive players. 
  4. Tennis — Yet another sport that combines speed with frequent stopping, starting and changes of direction that can be incredibly straining to the ankle joint. 
  5. Gymnastics — Landing on your feet after jumping puts an extreme load on the ankles, which is why gymnasts frequently suffer ankle injuries. 

Different sports are going to cause different types of ankle injuries. For example, a runner may be more likely to contend with Achilles tendinitis, while a basketball player may be more likely to suffer a sprain. This is why it’s important for a physical therapist to provide personalized care to assess the exact causes of ankle pain and stiffness so that the correct treatment can be recommended. 

Back in Motion can offer ankle pain relief

At our state-of-the-art clinics, the team at Back in Motion delivers one-on-one care that includes a full evaluation of your condition and treatment history. This way, we can work with you to develop a treatment plan that is custom-tailored to your needs.

To learn more and schedule your initial appointment, contact us today.