Foot & Ankle Pain
Foot and ankle pain can typically make your whole body ache. This is because your feet are essential to mobility. If you experience pain when taking steps, each time you move may become a series of attempts to avoid regular movement in order to avoid further pain.
The Cause of Foot & Ankle Pain
Foot pain can develop from your footwear choice to how many steps you typically take in a day, your feet are susceptible to injury with almost every movement you make. And where the foot is involved, so too is the ankle. The foot is able to be mobile because of the flexibility in your ankle. Therefore, taking care of your feet and your ankles should be of top priority when you are working on living a mobile and pain-free lifestyle.
Foot injuries are extremely common and below are some of the most common foot injuries:
- Plantar Fasciitis (Heel spurs)
- Achilles tendinitis
- Tarsal tunnel syndrome
- Sprains and/or Strains to ankle or foot
Physical Therapy Treatment for Foot & Ankle Pain
The first step in relieving foot and ankle pain is finding what is causing it. This allows us to focus our treatment to your specific problem. The physical therapist will then use a combination of tools, which may include cupping and hands on Treatments to help loosen tightness, wase pain and speed up the healing process. When the injury is ready, target stretching and strengthening exercises will allow the tissue to return to normal allowing normal function.
In addition to the above techniques, your physical therapist may also recommend specialized footwear. Well-developed orthotics with your personal needs in mind can make a huge difference in your experience of foot pain, improving your gait by supporting your arch and helping to alleviate pain with every step.