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Learn about your ankle pain

A huge part of recovering from any musculoskeletal injury is understanding your problem, how it happened and what the recovery looks like. Read on to learn more about your ankle.

What should I do when I injury my ankle

There are some simple steps you can follow for a soft tissue or muscle injury that could make your life and recovery much easier. 

Take a look at our infographic on the right for the steps you should follow.


What should I avoid?

In the first few days after your injury, there are a few things you should avoid.

Don't worry if you've already been doing some of the activities on the left. But its probably best to stop now!

How your ankle works

Before we dive into various common ankle injuries, it's helpful to understand what bones, muscles and tendons make up your  ankle and how they interact.

Watch the 1 minute video on the left to get an overview of your ankle anatomy. Then we'll dive into what might be causing your pain.

Common Ankle Injuries

VIDA is not a diagnostic tool and you really can't be sure what injury you have without seeing a qualified musculoskeletal health professional. However, you can learn about some common ankle injuries below


Sprained Ankle

A sprained ankle is a very common type of ankle injury that can happen if you twist or turn your foot beyond its normal movement. This can stretch or tear the ligaments that support your joint. A sprained ankle can be very painful. But the good news is that most ankle sprains heal well.


Achilles tendon rupture

An Achilles tendon rupture is a tear of the tendon that connects your calf muscles to your heel bone. Achilles tendon rupture is a common injury that usually happens while playing sport or doing exercise. If you rupture your Achilles tendon, you’ll find it difficult to walk, run, climb stairs or stand on tiptoe.


Achilles tendinopathy

Achilles tendinopathy is an injury to the band of tissue (tendon) that connects the muscles in your lower leg to your heel bone. You may get pain, stiffness and sometimes swelling around your heel. It’s a common injury, especially if you’re very active or do lots of sports.

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