osteoarthritis - nerve compression - chronic pain
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 physical therapy product 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)
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
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.
|Acute pain||BLOCK||Medium||30 minutes||as required|
|Chronic pain||RELIEVE||Low to medium||Minimum 60 minutes||as required|
|Nagging pain||RELIEVE||Low||Overnight||as required|
|Relaxation||RELAX||Low||Minimum 2 hours||as required|
|Circulation||RELAX or RELIEVE||Low||60 minutes||when practical|