Causes of ankle pain

Osteoarthritis of the ankle

People with osteoarthritis in the ankle experience one or more of the following:

  • Ankle pain - typically, a dull ache
  • Ankle stiffness
  • Swelling in or near the joint
  • Difficulty weight bearing, walking or moving the ankle joint

Nerve compression - tarsal tunnel syndrome

The tarsal tunnel is a narrow space that lies on the inside of the ankle next to the ankle bones. Tarsal tunnel syndrome is a compression, or squeezing, on the posterior tibial nerve that runs through the tarsal tunnel. The compression produces painful symptoms anywhere along the path of the nerve running from the inside of the ankle into the foot.

Chronic ankle pain

Other types of ankle pain may result from complications following an acute injury (perhaps quite some time past).

In this instance there may be a weakness in the ligaments, tendons or even supporting muscles.


ActivBody TENS therapy

After a diagnosis of chronic or degenerative ankle pain, your pain management plan will include several methods of pain relief and should offer drug-free options.

ActivBody is the TENS machine we suggest for chronic ankle pain

ActivBody electrotherapy can be used everyday - outside the clinic - for drug-free, on-demand pain relief, relaxation and circulation; plus it will help keep your joints mobile.

  • RELIEVE mode:
    • Fast and lasting pain relief (modulated low and high frequency TENS; continuous, comfortable intensity)
    • Circulation and reduced stiffness (modulated low to medium frequency ECS; continuous, low intensity)
  • BLOCK mode:
    • Fast acting pain relief (modulated high frequency TENS for pain gating effect)
    • Release of serotonin, if applied for long enough
  • RELAX mode
    • Lasting pain relief (modulated low frequency TENS for release of beta-endorphins)
    • Relaxation (modulated low frequency TENS for release of beta-endorphins)
    • Circulation (modulated low to medium frequency ECS; continuous, low intensity)

ActivBody effectiveness

We conducted a survey of 153 customers with ankle pain.

97% of them achieved satisfactory pain relief using our TENS machine.


Pad placement - ankle pain

 
ankle pain electrode placement
ankle pain electrode placement
 

Settings for Mode, Intensity, Time and Repeat frequency

 

Everyone has a different level of skin resistance; therefore we cannot specify an exact intensity setting for you. Simply choose a level of intensity where you can feel the stimulation but ensure it is below a level of discomfort. See the table below for examples.

The body should definitely not twitch or spasm. So long as you avoid muscle contraction, you cannot overdose.

Purpose ModeIntensity TimeHow often
Acute pain BLOCKMedium 30 minutesas required
Chronic pain RELIEVELow to medium Minimum 60 minutesas required
Nagging pain RELIEVELow Overnightas required
Relaxation RELAXLow Minimum 2 hoursas required
Circulation RELAX or RELIEVELow 60 minuteswhen practical

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