If you are an avid runner, you must pay attention to your ankle health and take every necessary precaution to keep them pain-free and healthy. This is true regardless of if you run for fun, for competition, or as a form of meditation. If you ever go running and are wondering to yourself why “my ankles feel tight when I run,” then it is time to stop wondering and set up a consultation with the chiropractic team at Total Wellness Solutions. Chiropractic care for the ankles can help improve flexibility and range of motion while reducing pain and tightness. Look towards your future, and let us help you run for years to come.
Why My Ankles Feel Tight When I Run
The most common reasons why your ankles might feel tight when you run may be due to strain or sprains. A strain occurs when the muscles or tendons in the ankle are torn or overstretched, which is likely to happen among serious runners, and a sprain is when the ligaments are torn. A sprain or strain can result from a traumatic injury to the area. For example, if you are running and you trip and twist your ankles. If this occurs you must seek chiropractic care or Physical Therapy to properly heal the area immediately. If you sprain or strain the ankle once, the chance of spraining it again increases drastically. Another common cause of ankle tightness and pain can simply result from overuse.
Preventative Care for Ankle Pain
Chiropractic care is the best form of preventative care against ankle pain and tightness because it focuses on the affected ankle, the nearby ligaments, and the alignment of the body. The body is so interconnected that a problem in one area can result in a problem in another. When you work with a chiropractor they will examine what could be contributing to instability, see how it might be causing ankle tightness, and create a plan to restore complete mobility and flexibility. Chiropractic care is the best form of care for tight ankles, however, if you are currently between chiropractic appointments, here are a variety of techniques that could relieve ankle tightness, increase strength, and stability.
- Stretch the ankle
- You can develop a simple mobility routine that focuses on flexibility and mobility that you can do to maintain the muscles in your ankle.
- Strengthen the ankle
- You can achieve this by tracking your steps and doing a lot of walking. You can also practice resistance training with a towel. Just put the towel on your foot and move it in and out, and up and down.
- Brace the ankle
- If you are planning to do some extraneous activity, like playing football or moving furniture, then you should consider bracing the ankle to stabilize it. You should especially do this if you know you have issues with ankle instability.
Accidents can happen anytime and to anyone, so there is no guaranteed prevention against ankle pain, but stretching, strengthening, bracing, and preparing the ankles for intense activity are great habits to form for long-term ankle health. These preventative measures also complement chiropractic care very well and set you up for healthy ankles.
Chiropractic Care for Ankle Pain
The bones in the foot will generally shift out of alignment when you roll your ankle, so working with a chiropractor can realign them in their proper position. Other areas of the body, like a misaligned hip, can contribute to your legs being uneven, which can affect your ankles and make them more susceptible to sprain. Working with qualified chiropractors at Total Wellness Solutions will provide a more complete and comprehensive quality of care that treats the whole problem to help you see better and long-lasting results.
Chiropractic Care with Total Wellness Solutions
When you work with the chiropractic team at Total Wellness Solutions, we will work tirelessly to understand your list of presented symptoms, so we can craft a care plan that will give you the most relief. If you are living with tight ankles and want to give chiropractic care a chance, give us a call and schedule a consultation. You are always encouraged to ask questions, and we will do our best to answer every one of them until you have a clear understanding of what to expect. The doctor will explain what they believe is going on, and how their recommendations may be able to help. They will manage your expectations for chiropractic care and help you enjoy the benefits. Each patient’s care plan is unique to their specific needs and will consist of treatments that the chiropractor believes will be the most beneficial. The chiropractor may combine some of the following treatments or something else entirely.
- Chiropractic adjustments
- Soft tissue manipulation
- Class IV Laser Therapy
- Spinal Decompression Therapy
The best way to keep the ankles healthy and pain-free is to begin working with your Total Wellness Solutions chiropractic team immediately. If your ankles feel great then we can help them stay that way for years to come, and if you feel pain when you run then we can help reduce that. It’s time to stop asking Google, “my ankles feel tight when I run” and ask a chiropractor. If you have any questions please give us a call at (770) 936-9707 or make an appointment online. We are located at 5252 Roswell Rd NE Suite 103, Atlanta, GA 30342.