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Understanding Osteoarthritis of the Ankle

Ankle osteoarthritis (OA) isn’t common, although it’s not clear how many people have it. Estimates range from 1% to 12% of people with OA being affected in the ankle. This limited data is due to less research on ankle OA than on other joints, such as the knee. Unlike OA in other joints, an arthritic ankle almost always develops after an ankle injury, especially severe strains or fractures that happened years earlier. In about 90% of cases, ankle osteoarthritis is caused by past traumas, compared to 2% to 10% of knee OA cases. Ankle injuries can damage cartilage, destabilise the joint, or alter its mechanics.

Excess weight puts added pressure on the ankles and other weight-bearing joints and repeated high-impact stress also contributes. Ankle cartilage is half the thickness of knee cartilage, leading to more force on the ankle joint. Patients with ankle osteoarthritis are typically about 14 years younger when diagnosed compared to those with OA in other joints and progress to end-stage disease more quickly. An arthritic ankle can cause problems in other joints, especially the hips and knees, as they try to compensate for an unstable ankle.

Red light therapy kits ankle pain Symptoms of Ankle Osteoarthritis

Pain: Varies from a dull ache to sharp, stabbing discomfort; it may be felt in the middle or back of the foot.
Swelling: Often accompanies pain and can reduce ankle flexibility.
Stiffness: Loss of flexibility in the joint, making movement difficult.
Crunching or Popping Sounds: When flexing or pointing the toe.

Diagnosing Osteoarthritis of the Ankle

Physical Exam: A thorough examination by a physician focusing on areas of concern.
X-rays: These are used to create images of the bones and joints to identify changes due to OA.
MRI: Provides detailed images of the ankle’s structures and may detect ligament and cartilage damage.
Blood Tests: Screen for various substances to rule out other conditions and confirm OA.

Traditional Treatment Options

Treatment for ankle osteoarthritis typically involves a combination of lifestyle modifications, physical therapy, medications, and, in severe cases, surgical interventions.
Physical Therapy: Exercises to improve range of motion and strengthen muscles supporting the ankle.
Low-Impact Exercise: Activities like swimming, walking, and biking to maintain joint health.
Weight Loss: Reducing body weight to alleviate pressure on the ankles.
Supportive Footwear and Orthotics: High-top shoes and custom inserts to stabilise the ankle joint.
Medications: Pain relievers such as NSAIDs can help manage symptoms.
Injections: Corticosteroid injections to reduce inflammation and provide pain relief.

How Red Light Therapy Can Help

Red light therapy (RLT) offers a promising, non-invasive solution for managing osteoarthritis in the ankles. RLT uses specific wavelengths of red (660nm) and near-infrared (830nm) light to penetrate the skin and reach the affected ankle joints. This light energy stimulates cellular processes that promote healing and reduce inflammation. Scientific studies have shown that red light therapy can increase blood flow, reduce oxidative stress, and alleviate pain, improving joint function and mobility​ (Centre for Reviews and Dissemination)​​ (BMJ Open)​.

Benefits of Red Light Therapy for Ankle Osteoarthritis

Pain Relief: Reduces pain by promoting blood circulation, endorphin release and reducing oxidative stress in the spinal joints.
Inflammation Reduction: Targets and reduces inflammatory cells, decreasing swelling and discomfort.
Tissue Repair: Stimulates the repair and regeneration of cartilage and other joint tissues, enhancing overall mobility.

Our Mini Premium Therapy Wrap: A Targeted Solution for Ankle Osteoarthritis

The Mini Premium Therapy Wrap is specifically designed to offer effective solutions for ankle osteoarthritis. This compact and flexible wrap uses 32 super bright red LEDs and 32 infrared LEDs to deliver therapeutic light directly to the affected area, providing deep tissue penetration and effective relief from osteoarthritic symptoms.

Mini Premium Red Light Therapy Wrap

Key Features of the Mini Premium Therapy Wrap

Flexible Neoprene Pad: Ensures a comfortable fit around the ankle.
Rechargeable Battery: Allows for convenient use during various activities.
Long Battery Life: Provides 4.5 hours of continuous use on a single charge.
Easy to Use: Comes with detachable Velcro tabs and attachment straps for secure placement.

How to Use the Mini Premium Therapy Wrap

All of our Red Light Therapy Kits can be worn over light clothing, while still providing an effective therapeutic effect.

Preparation: Ensure the ankle area is clean and dry.
Application: Secure the wrap around the ankle using the provided straps.
Session Duration: Use the therapy wrap for 20-30 minutes per session.
Frequency: Use the wrap regularly as part of your daily routine for best results.
Regular use of the Mini Premium Therapy Wrap can lead to significant improvements in pain levels, inflammation, and joint flexibility, allowing individuals to maintain a more active lifestyle and perform daily tasks with greater ease.

Red Light Therapy Kits, 100% Australian Made, Owned and Operated

Red Light Therapy Kits is proudly an Australian-made, owned, and operated company dedicated to providing high-quality and effective red light therapy products. Susan Poole, the company’s founder and director, brings over 20 years of expertise as an exercise physiologist and has a robust background in physical rehabilitation.
Susan’s experience with injury and passion for helping others have been pivotal in developing these products. Her dedication to improving the lives of those suffering from osteoarthritis led her to create a range of safe and effective LED therapy products. Under her leadership, Red Light Therapy Kits continues to deliver therapeutic solutions tailored to the specific needs of individuals managing osteoarthritis.

Don’t Let Ankle Osteoarthritis Stop You

Osteoarthritis in the ankles can significantly impact one’s quality of life, but our Red Light Therapy kits offer a non-invasive and effective solution for managing your symptoms. The Mini Premium Therapy Wrap provides targeted relief for ankle osteoarthritis, promoting pain relief, reducing inflammation, and enhancing joint mobility.
We have designed these products to help individuals take control of their osteoarthritis management from the comfort of their own homes.

Our red light therapy kits are designed to help you take control of your osteoarthritis management from the comfort of your own home.

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