Foot Pain or Ankle Pain?
No matter, it’s keeping me from doing the things I want to do!
We are generally on our feet for hours at a time whether it’s standing around, walking, running, skiing, hiking… Our feet and ankles bear the brunt of everything we do in our daily lives when we’re on them. They are the primary shock absorbers, stabilizers and springs of our body. Foot pain and/or ankle pain is unfortunately a common occurrence these days due to everything we ask of them.
Think about the forces that go through your lower extremity when you hear your foot smack against the concrete while you run or walk. Think about the forces that go through your foot and ankle when you wear high heels. Think about the forces that go through your foot when you wear shoes that don’t fit. Add on top of that any history of sprains, strains or even fractures. Your feet may hurt just thinking about this!
Our feet and ankles are pretty resilient to a point. There are 26 bones in each foot that in an efficient state are able to absorb all sorts of forces and stresses. But how many of our feet are really efficient? Whether you’re a sports fanatic or just trying to get off the couch, an unfortunate truth is that at some point in your life you are likely to experience some sort of foot or ankle pain.
What types of foot/ankle conditions can PT help with?
First, understand the general anatomy – your leg (tibia and fibula) joins the foot at the ankle (talus). There are 33 joints and over a 100 muscles, ligaments and tendons that make up the foot/ankle complex! When you sprain your ankle, it’s not just the ankle that’s affected. We commonly see not only ankle pain or foot pain as a result of an ankle sprain but also knee, hip and low back issues – especially years down the road. The number of problems we see in physical therapy relating to feet and ankles is seemingly endless. Conditions we commonly treat include but are not limited to:
- Sprained or strained ankles
- Plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendinitis
- Balance issues
- ROM or mobility issues
- General foot pain or ankle pain
- Arthritic issues
- Sports related injury
- Post-surgical rehabilitation
What can I expect with physical therapy?
At Real Rehab Sports and Physical Therapy, one of our dedicated physical therapists will evaluate your condition and develop a treatment plan combining, as needed, education, manual techniques, flexibility, balance, stabilization, strength and coordination activities in order to return your foot and ankle to the stresses you wish to place on them (within reason). This may include a gait analysis: either walking or running; orthotic intervention; and/or discussion regarding a change in footwear.
If you’re experiencing foot or ankle pain, take the first step in changing that – call today to schedule an appointment with one of our highly skilled physical therapists or running specialists.