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Ankle / Foot Pain
Get Back on Your Feet with Ankle and Foot Pain Relief
From the moment you get out of bed in the morning, you are on your feet. You spend an incredible amount of time on your feet every day. With each step, your feet and ankles support your body weight and move in an infinite number of directions. Ankle and foot pain can limit your walking, standing, and participation in recreational/leisure/sports activities. In addition to supporting your body weight, the foot must be able to adapt to changing surfaces and different types of terrain. When you experience pain with every step, your entire day becomes a series of attempts to avoid movement to avoid further pain.
The ankle and foot are a complex system consisting of two dozen bones, 30 joints, and over 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Because there are so many complicated structures that make up your ankles and feet, pain in these areas is very common. An injury to your foot or ankle can result in pain so severe that you avoid putting weight on your foot. This can quickly lead to compensation; such as limping and stressing other tissues in your injured foot or on your other foot, or avoidance of standing and walking activities. Even mild pain can have a profound effect on your daily life and activities.
What is causing my Ankle and Foot Pain?
Foot and ankle pain can be due to an acute injury such as rolling your ankle or falling, or it can develop over time from overuse. Choices in footwear, training errors, and poor form can precipitate pain.
Achilles Tendonitis – is the inflammation of the Achilles tendon, which connects the calf muscle to the heel bone. Common causes include running and jumping activities and sudden starting and stopping movements as in football, basketball, soccer or tennis. Other causes may include tightness in the calf muscle, changes in activity levels, age, and improper footwear.
Shin Splints – often occurs with overuse or repetitive strain on the muscles of the leg. Anterior shin splints are located in the front of the leg pain and are associated with running on hard surfaces, improper shoe wear, or poor foot mechanics. Posterior shin splints occur along the inside of the leg and are less common. Contributing factors include fallen arches, repetitive strain during running and jumping, poor foot or walking mechanics, and weakness in the legs.
Sprains and Strains – with so many bones, ligaments and tendons, it is easy to sprain or strain your foot. Ligaments connect bones to bones and a sprain occurs when a ligament is stretched or torn. A sprain occurs when a muscle or tendon is stretched or torn. Symptoms can vary, from minor pain to the inability to put weight on the foot.
Fractures – can develop from a trauma or from overuse (stress fracture). This can cause severe pain, swelling, and bruising. Often the foot may need to be immobilized in a walking boot and weight bearing may be protected for a certain duration of time.
Fallen Arches – otherwise known as flat feet. This can occur in one or both feet and be present from birth or develop later on in life. When the arch collapses, the foot loses support which can lead to pain, fatigue, and other foot problems.
Plantar Fasciitis – causes pain in the heel and the bottom of the foot. The plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue that runs of the bottom of the foot, connects the heel to the toes, and helps to support the arch. Pain develops by repetitive strain or overuse leading to small tears and inflammation. Poor shoe wear, high or low arches, and changes in activity levels can also precipitate symptoms. Often, symptoms are worse in the morning or when getting up after sitting for a long period of time.
Whether you are suffering from an acute injury or a chronic condition in your foot or ankle, you can find relief with Athletic Edge and Wellness in Algonquin, IL. Our physical therapists will conduct a thorough examination to find what is causing your pain, and create a personalize a treatment plan specifically for you and your goals.
Your treatment plan will typically include a combination of specialized hands-on manual therapy techniques and exercises and stretching, designed to restore joint mobility, and strengthen the foot and ankle muscles. Your treatment plan will also include exercises to promote correct walking form and various balance exercises. We will also evaluate and recommend taping techniques to improve pain, changes in footwear and mechanical form to prevent problems in the future.
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