Knee, ankle and calf pain
Severe pain in the knee, calf and ankle is common among adults, especially those who undergo intense physical exercise, or those with certain medical conditions. This type of pain is often a warning sign that the body needs a rest or can no longer handle old routines. Fortunately, adults can prevent these types of pains from occurring, and many treatment options exist to lessen the effects of the pain.
Pain in the knee, calf and ankle becomes more common with age due to wear and tear on bones, joints and muscles. In addition, age-related conditions such as diabetes, osteoporosis, arthritis and gout can increase the chance of adults developing this type of pain. Due to slower healing times in adults, severe pain in the knee, calf and ankle might last longer or become chronic, increasing the length of disability.
Prolonged standing or sitting or lengthy workouts is a common cause of severe pain in the knee, calf and ankle in adults. Not properly stretching before or after a workout or suddenly starting a new form of intense exercise also can result in this type of pain. In addition, injuries such as falls or trips, arthritis or peripheral vascular disease also can cause knee, calf and ankle pain.
Conservative treatments for severe pain in the knee, calf and ankle include the PRICE method (Protect, Rest, Ice, Compress and Elevate). Doctors often recommend over-the-counter or prescription pain relievers, including oral non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, as well as topical muscle relaxants. Some patients might need Osteopathy or even surgery to gain complete relief from severe pain.
Successful treatment may involve using more than one discipline as some cases may need a simple remedy such as the inclusion of orthotics which can be fitted and supplied by our Podiatrist.