FOOT AND ANKLE PAIN
We are on our feet everyday. Without our feet we wouldn’t get far on our own power. Our feet are among the hardest working areas of the body. They are connected to our core- pelvis and back parts. The stabilizer of all functions.
At our practice, we often receive requests to treat foot and ankle pain. The good news is that this type of pain responds well to physical therapy. We’ll work with you to find a treatment program that resolves the pain and restores your natural mobility.
The downside of this type of pain is that it will seldom go away on its own. If not properly treated, it is bound to progress to something more serious. We’re on our feet every day. Our feet are amongst the hardest working areas of the body.
Taking the treatments seriously and following through with the exercises is essential.
Most common ailments:
- Crooked, tilted, deviated, misaligned toes
- Shin Splints
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Weakness in Ankles
Proper treatment can speed up the recovery and healing of these problems.
We are here to get you back on your feet again. We use a variety of treatment
modalities and procedures.
- Ice / Hot Pack steamed heat
- Massage/Manual Therapy
- Electrical Stimulation Neuro-stimulator
- Water Therapy
- Proper Exercise
If you are experiencing any issues with pain, immobility, or dysfunction,
schedule a free appointment consultation with us today. We are here to get
you back on your feet.
Let’s have a closer look at these different conditions and how we would begin treatment of them.
Spraining your ankle doesn’t seem like such a big deal. After all, there are no bones, and you can still put small amounts of weight on it, right? It’s a deceptively simple injury. While it doesn’t seem like such a big deal, it can take a long time to heal.
The first step in spraining your ankle is usually twisting or rolling it. When this occurs, the ligaments in the ankles are stretched too far and results in pain and swelling. A simple twist can quickly be walked off. A sprain results in a lot more swelling and pain on the outside of your ankle.
With a sprain, you’re not able to put weight on the foot or ankle without significant pain. Treatment involves managing the swelling, getting plenty of rest, manual therapy, and movement exercise. We’ll manipulate the joint gently to help promote blood flow and speed healing.
If you’re a runner or dancer, you’ll know the sharp, stabbing pain that comes from shin splints. Conventional wisdom holds that they’re a normal part of the process and that they’re not serious. That’s not true – you should instead get them treated.
The best cure is to stop the activity for a short period. That’ll lead to the most dramatic improvement fast. If they constantly plague you, make an appointment to come in, and we’ll work out the best treatment plan for you.
We’ll teach you a proper warm-up sequence to help you minimize the chances of a recurrence at a later stage.
Achilles Tendonitis is another common running injury. It’s also common in basketball players or any activity where jumping is featured. It’s caused by overusing the Achilles tendon.
Just as an interesting side note – do you know how the Achilles tendon got its name? According to the legend, when the hero Achilles was a child, his mother wanted to make him invulnerable. She, therefore, dipped him into the River Styx.
Do so did make him invulnerable. The only problem was that his mother had to hold onto him somewhere while dipping him in the river. She held on to what we now call the Achilles tendon. These tendons were the only part of his body not exposed to water and so his single area of vulnerability.
If you’ve got Achilles Tendonitis, you’ll feel pain running along the leg, just above the heel.
It’s a condition that requires treatment and rest. Any weight brought to bear on the ankle and tendon can worsen the symptoms. We recommend icing the injury as soon as possible to reduce inflammation.
We’ll assist with a range of techniques, on a case by case basis which could include:
- Myofascial release
- Electrical stimulation,
- Amongst others
Traction Plantar Fasciitis
What’s important to know about this condition is that it’s painful and is slow to heal. It’s a condition that occurs when the Plantar Fascia tissue on the bottom of the foot is over-stretched.
The condition can be the result of wearing high heels over too long a period. It could also be as a result of having high arches or flat feet. You’ll know this is your problem if you feel a sharp pain on the underside of your foot, or over your heel.
It is not something that will improve by itself. You’ll need to do daily exercises to lessen the pain. We can speed up the healing by using:
- Myofascial release
- Joint mobilization
This condition is also to do with the Plantar Fascia. In this case, though, it’s caused by the Plantar Fascia deteriorating. It could be as a result of repetitive stress on the feet. So, if you’re a waitress on her feet all day, this could be a problem.
It’s also common if you have high arches, wear shoes that don’t offer the right support, or are overweight. This is a painful, degenerative condition that is only going to get worse if not treated. The good news is that the degeneration can be halted.
In this case, we might use the following modalities:
- Orthotics fitted into your shoe
- Anti-inflammatory meds
General Injuries/ Breaks
There are 26 bones in your foot. Drop anything heavy on your foot, and you’re likely to break at least one bone. If it’s one of the toes, you’ll probably get away with strapping it until it heals. If it’s a bone, it should be set.
Physical therapy can’t do anything for you while the cast is in place. It can, however, be useful in helping with cases where the bone doesn’t heal properly. It’s not a common complaint – in most cases, as long as the bone is set, you’re on your way to recovery.
In some cases, however, the recovery takes longer. In severe cases, the bone may not heal as it should, resulting in a non-union injury. In this case, the condition may be challenging to treat, but massage, electric stimulation, and the right exercises can help manage the pain.
If your feet or ankles are painful, or you’re losing mobility in them, contact us to get them checked out. Because of the number of bones, joints, and other tissues in the foot area, many things can go wrong.
If you’re experiencing any issues with pain or mobility, schedule an appointment with us today. We’re here to get you back on your feet again.