FOOT & ANKLE PAIN

Foot and Ankle Pain 

 

Has standing behind your work counter become an agonizing experience?

Do you dread taking the stairs because of that nagging pain in your ankle?

Have you been forced to give up some of your favorite activities due to foot or ankle discomfort?

These symptoms can certainly be disabling, and the fact that they can stem from a variety of causes doesn’t simplify your dilemma. That’s why you’ll be glad to know that physical therapy can help you rehabilitate an injured extremity and help you get chronic foot pain and/or ankle pain under control.

 

What is foot and ankle pain?

Both the foot and the ankle are complex mechanical structures. According to the Arthritis Foundation, the ankle joint consists of three bones, all of which must all interact correctly together and with the various connective tissues that hold the assembly together. As for the foot, it contains more than two dozen bones, 30 joints, and more than 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments. It’s no surprise, then, that foot and ankle pain are such common afflictions. A serious injury may cause pain that limits your ability to put weight on the affected area. Less severe pain can still make everyday tasks a burden.

 

Some contributing Causes 

Pain can occur all at once due to acute damage or over time in relation to some chronic condition. The Mayo Clinic lists a number of common causes of ankle and foot pain, including:

  • Sprains and strains — A sprain is a stretched or torn ligament; a strain is a stretched/torn muscle or tendon.
  • Tendinitis — Constant overuse of the tendons in the ankle or foot can cause them to become chronically inflamed.
  • Bursitis — Tendons that rub against anti-friction sacs known as bursae can cause the bursae to become irritated and painful.
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome — Inflammation of the tarsal tunnel can pinch the nerve that runs from the ankle to the foot.
  • Plantar fasciitis — This inflammation of the arch’s connective tissue is aggravated by constant standing, postural problems, and/or footwear that lacks arch support.
  • Arthritis — Both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis can afflict the foot and ankle joints.
  • Fractures — Fractures to the foot or ankle can force weeks of downtime to permit healing.

 

How physical therapy can help foot pain and ankle pain

Whether you sprained your ankle in a sports mishap or you’re struggling with a chronic pain condition in a foot , physical therapy can put you on the road to relief. Our physical therapists will examine your foot or ankle carefully to confirm the exact cause of your pain. If you’ve sustained an acute injury, we will probably prescribe the R.I.C.E. treatment protocol (rest, ice, compression, and elevation) for the first few days so that the worst of the swelling can go down.

Once you’re past the initial stage of your injury (or if you’re suffering from a chronic pain issue instead of an acute injury) we can move on to several other physical therapy measures. You may receive several physical therapy techniques as part of a holistic healing or pain management program. Exercises usually play a key role in such a program. We may prescribe a variety of stretching exercises to restore joint mobility, or strengthening exercises to address ankle and foot muscles, including the small muscles that help control your balance (exercises on a balance board can be very helpful in such cases.) Other popular therapeutic techniques include ultrasound, ice massage and heat to ease pain and boost circulation. We may even recommend orthotic footwear and changes in your lifestyle to help you remove the pain away.

If you have the symptoms of foot and/or ankle pain, feel free to set up a detailed evaluation with one of our trained therapists.

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    Leanne Pardee
    6/28/2017

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    Rob Engley
    12/28/2018

    Dynamic bracing offers not only physical theraphy, but also strain/counterstrain for chronic pain. I have tried lots of different things, but strain/counterstrain gives me the most relief from pain. Awesome, caring, skilled therapists

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    5/28/2019
  • Andrea and Arch are great to work with. They took the time to fully evaluate me and developed a course of therapy to achieve specific goals. So happy I chose them!

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    Rob Brewer
    6/28/2013

    Exceptional expertise...as well as service. Their team of physical therapists are trained in techniques that go well beyond what the average PT offers. Every member of my family swears by dynamic bracing. Anytime we have a surgery or pain, we go to them. They've helped us through several post-op recoveries, including shoulder surgeries, hip replacement surgery, ankle surgery, and other orthopedic issues, as well as chronic back pain being fully resolved.

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    Annie Beringer
    4/28/2019

    The office staff are very welcoming and the 2 therapists I've seen are excellent. I really like the strain/counter strain modality they use. I've experience a lot of physical therapy and my results are much better with this technique. They also make use of the BEMER technology for increased circulation/blood flow to support treatment results.

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