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Ice Skating and Ankle Pain

Ice skating can be fun, but skaters are susceptible to ankle pain and injuries while participating in this sport. Ice skating involves sudden starts and stops that can place strain on the feet, arches, and ankles. The design of the lower leg makes the ankles particularly vulnerable to injury. Two major muscles, the peroneal and tibialis anterior, take the most stress from ice skating, and these muscles are most apt to sustain inflammation or injury. The peroneal muscle contracts to pick up the feet and can cause pain on the outside of the ankle. The tibialis anterior muscle runs down the outside of the shin. Long stretches of skating can cause this muscle to shorten and can exert pressure on the tendon leading to foot pain at the front of the ankle, in the arches, and along the outside of the foot. Using properly fitted skates with optimum flexibility, orthotics, and padding in the areas that put pressure on the ankles can help alleviate the pain and reduce the risk of injury. Stretching and strengthening exercises might help as well. If you are an ice skater and experience ankle or foot pain, consult with a chiropodist who can diagnose the problem and offer treatment options.

Injuries to the foot and ankle are very common among athletes. If you have experienced an injury, please consult with one of the specialists from Thornhill Foot Clinic. Our chiropodists will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment. 

Common Injuries Among Athletes: 

  • Achilles tendon injuries

  • Ankle strains or sprains

  • Plantar fasciitis

  • Fractures

  • Turf toe 

  • Joint dislocations

  • Sever’s disease

  • Morton’s neuroma


Symptoms will depend on the cause and severity of the injury. Common symptoms for a foot or ankle injury include pain, swelling, tenderness, bruising, a reduced range of motion, and difficulty bearing weight or walking on the affected foot or ankle. 


Sports injuries are typically diagnosed after carefully examining the affected foot or ankle. This includes moving the injured area to test its range of motion. Medical history will need to be provided, as well as detailed information about how the injury occurred. Imaging studies, such as X-rays or MRIs, may be used to confirm or rule out certain diagnoses. 


Just like symptoms, treatment will depend on the type of injury and its severity. Initial treatment for many sports injuries is aimed at controlling inflammation and promoting the healing response. The acronym R.I.C.E is a helpful guide to implement for most acute injuries. This method involves resting, icing, compressing, and elevating the affected foot or ankle. In addition, anti-inflammatory medications may be administered and orthotic devices may be prescribed. For more severe injuries, surgery may be required. Lastly, rehabilitation or physical therapy may be needed to gain full functionality in the afflicted area.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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