When your feet hurt, your whole body hurts. It might seem like your foot is such a small component of your body, and so it shouldn’t have that much of an impact on how you feel all over, but this just isn’t the case. Your feet are essential to mobility. When you experience pain with every step, your entire day becomes a series of attempts to avoid movement so as to avoid further pain.
The Cause of Foot and Ankle Pain
There are a lot of factors that can influence foot pain. From footwear choices 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 and ankle go, well, hand in hand. The foot only is able to be mobile thanks to the flexibility of the ankle. This means that taking care of your feet and your ankles should be a top priority when you are working on keeping your body mobile and pain-free.
Foot injuries are incredibly common. A misstep, a sudden fall, a sharp object underfoot, and you could suddenly be in a lot of pain. Here is a quick list of some of the most common foot injuries:
-Plantar Fasciitis(Heel spurs)
-Tarsal tunnel syndrome
-Sprains and/or Strains to ankle or foot
Knowing what is causing your foot pain is the first step in treating it. Our Diagnostic tools such as gait analysis, Ultrasound Imaging (Pictured left) and EMG/NCS allows us to identify what the cause of the pain is and also its severity. This allows us to focus our treatment to your problem.
Physical Therapy Treatment for Foot and Ankle Pain
Once your problem has been identified, your physical therapist will then use a combination of tools, including the MiracleWave, Cold Laser, 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.