Ankle Joints – Stiffness & Pain
The ankle joint is formed where the tibia and fibula meet the talus bone in the foot. The two-leg bones form a snug socket known as the mortise where the body of the talus acts as a hinge to move the ankle up and down. A healthy ankle socket is lined with soft cartilage that prevents the bones from pressure and friction. If the cartilage in the joint grows thin and frayed, the ankle joint can swell and become sore and stiff. Every step we take depends on the ankle joint to push off the ground and place it back down again.
Ankle stiffness –
Swelling and bone friction make the ankle stiff and less flexible. The ankle’s range of motion can become more limited, making it difficult to point and flex the toes.
Inactivity makes it worse –
Ankles can become stiff after prolonged inactivity. People with ankle osteoarthritis may find that stiffness and pain are most noticeable when they try to get out of bed in the morning or out of a chair after a long period of sitting.
Ankle swelling –
When ankle cartilage wears away, the fibula, tibia and talus bones can rub together, resulting in irritation and swelling of the ankle.
Ankle popping or crunching –
Sensing a crunching or hearing a popping or squeaking sound when pointing or flexing the toes is a sign that that cartilage has worn away and is not protecting the bones from friction. The medical term for this symptom is crepitus.
Causes of ankle joint pain
Since our ankle joints are involved in almost every standing motion we perform, ankle pain can arise unexpectedly and cause immediate impairment. Painful ankles are often due to overusing or underusing our ankle joints and foot muscles. If we keep the joint still for too long it can stiffen, and if we push it too hard, the joint can become swollen and inflamed. Ankle pain due to chronic joint conditions like osteoarthritis tend to come and go in relapse dues to stress, diet, and other conditions.
If your ankle pain is a result of arthritis, you will not be able to heal or eliminate the pain. However, there are ways you can manage it. It may help to:
use topical pain relievers
take NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) to reduce pain, swelling, and inflammation
stay physically active and follow a fitness program focusing on moderate exercise
practice healthy eating habits
stretch to maintain a good range of motion in your joints
keep your body weight within a healthy range, which will lessen stress on the joints
Common ankle joint complaints
Ankle pain can arise at any time quickly become functionally limiting. Osteoarthritis and other chronic joint conditions occur when the cartilage in the joint wears too thin to protect the bones. This is a very common cause of inflammation and pain in the ankles that can spread to the foot and leg
Care and protection for ankle joints
Staying active, eating a balanced diet, and giving the body supplementary nutrients can all benefit your ankles now and in the future. Flexiqule’s unique formula can target ankle joints with anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving Ginger and Boswellia extracts. When taken regularly, these powerful plants can even help refurbish torn cartilage to give your ankles a chance to perform at their best.