Ankle pain can occur for a variety of reasons- a newly sprained ankle, generally weak ankles, an old injury that never healed properly, swollen ankles, stiff ankles, etc... In other words, ankle pain is usually the result of an injury or years of weakness and stiffness in the ankles because lack of proper stretching and exercise. The good news is that ankle pain can usually be reversed and in a short period of time.
Ankle pain is usually the direct result of inflammation or scar tissue that resulted from a sprain or accumulation over the years because of misuse. In order to heal ankle pain and stop it at the source, you need to follow a good ankle rehab program. Rest just will not get it done, because you need a proactive approach to heal the injury and/or undo the previous damage. This means, breaking up the scar tissue that has developed, healing any neuromuscular damage, removing the swelling and of course, increasing strength and flexibility in the ankle joint.
It really comes down to some very simple steps- use a good rehab program to get into the ankle joint with fresh blood flow and get it back functioning at a healthy level again. The really good news is that the body usually responds very well and very rapidly to a good ankle rehab program. If you have just recently sprained your ankle, the pain will subside very quickly (usually 3 - 7 days) if you do a rehab program. If you have an old injury or weak ankles that experience general levels of pain, it may take a little longer to fully heal the ankle, because there will be more scar tissue and a greater degree of damage. But, you will definitely see improvements very quickly and start to feel much better in just a matter of days.
The main thing to remember is that if you hurt your ankles, heal them the right way from day one. The longer you wait to heal them with proper rehab, the worse they will heal. And that can mean pain in the ankles for years to come. But, even if that is the case, you can still get in there and work through the healing process to get out of pain and back to full health. But, our opnion is that if you do the right things from day one, you will be saving yourself a lot of pain and anguish. Fortunately, ankle rehab is not a complicated or involved process. It usually takes just a few minutes a day and reaps huge benefits.
To get out of ankle pain and help avoid it in the future, please take ankle rehab seriously. You can remove swelling and scar tissue which causes ankle pain and strengthen your ankles so that they move and function normally again. Plus, by increasing range of motion in the ankle joint, you can further protect yourself from the harm caused by a sprained ankle. It is all about doing what the body needs and proper rehab for the ankle is the key. We hope you will begin doing something positive for your ankles today, so you can get out of pain quickly and safely.