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.

We would love to hear from you!

Schedule Appointment

(509) 325-9144

  • Andrea and the team at Dynamic Bracing are nothing short of incredible! Their holistic approach to patient care considers the whole person, not just isolated body parts. They are experts at using strain/counterstrain techniques to allow the body to heal and return to, or finally achieve, optimal functioning. Their model enables them to identify the source of the issue, versus treating random symptoms. I have tried chiropractic, massage therapy, and traditional physical therapy to heal my back and joints before I was introduced to the team at Dynamic Bracing. No other treatment has come close to giving me the instant relief that this has. If you are on the fence about going, I can assure you you won’t be disappointed. Their office is beautiful, clean, and tastefully decorated, (which I appreciate...it kind of has a spa feel to it). The only regret I have is that I didn’t know about them sooner!

    Heather Connor Avatar
    Heather Connor
    5/15/2019

    I definitely recommend Dynamic Bracing & Physical Therapy. They are well organized and efficient in all areas including insurance processing and therapy.
    My Physical Therapist, Jesse Dunne, did a great job of explaining what my problem was with my back. She gave me exercises to do at home and did her “magic” to make my back pain free.
    She also put on classes for runners to help with our form, strength and agility. Jesse really knows her stuff. I guess that’s why she has a Doctor of Physical Therapy after her name.

    Jim Hoppe Avatar
    Jim Hoppe
    5/08/2019

    I found DB through Amazon.Top notch provider, in the true sense of the word.I ordered a hinged elbow brace and, being at the verge of two sizes, needed extra assistance for sizing.Doug called the manufacturer and got the exact answer.When the manuf sent the brace without hinges stops, Doug mailed them to me himself.Could not have asked for anything more.I live in PA, and the transactions across the country felt seamless, bcz their service was that exceptional.They're Santa's shop for braces!

    Lake in Ocean Avatar
    Lake in Ocean
    6/28/2015
  • Andrea is amazing! I have been working with her to treat my chronic migraines for six months now. She is one of the only people who have made a noticeable difference for me. And I’ve tried everything. She is so friendly and helpful. She goes out of her way to work with you and your issues. The whole DB Team is wonderful. I can’t recommend them enough.

    Just Me Avatar
    Just Me
    5/08/2019

    The Best in Spokane. I would not go elsewhere. They have a beautiful new facility. Parking is easy and the staff is welcoming, knowledgeable and professional. I am so happy I was referred from a friend over a year ago. I am happy to highly recommend to anyone needing PT, or other services they offer. Thank you DB&PT!

    Spohummingbrd59 Avatar
    Spohummingbrd59
    9/20/2019

    Amazing ! Andrea has managed my shoulder both post accident as well as post shoulder surgery. She is so talented and skilled. Her techniques are gentle yet very effective. I will never go anywhere else !

    Lynda Clark Avatar
    Lynda Clark
    2/26/2020