Left untreated, ankle pain and stiffness can become the cause of more serious pain disorders of the hip and knee.
It's pretty common for all runners (not just athletes) to develop trigger points in the muscles of the leg and foot. Trigger points in the ankles not only refer pain, but by making their host muscles shorter and less efficient, they may often become the route cause of common knee, hip and pelvic injuries.
When treating professional athletes, it's important to check for even the smallest signs of ankle pain and/or stiffness. The same should be applied for all of your clients who run, jog, or walk regularly (especially on hard surfaces). Don't overlook the small superficial muscles of the foot and ankle.
Stuart Hinds is a Team NAT lecturer and has been a soft tissue therapist for the Australian Olympic Team since Sydney 2000.
Tess Kirsopp-Cole is Australia's current U18 National 400 meter Champion
This trigger point therapy blog is intended to be used for information purposes only and is not intended to be used for medical diagnosis or treatment or to substitute for a medical diagnosis and/or treatment rendered or prescribed by a physician or competent healthcare professional. This information is designed as educational material, but should not be taken as a recommendation for treatment of any particular person or patient. Always consult your physician if you think you need treatment or if you feel unwell.
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