Foot and Ankle Pain
Why Are Feet and Ankle Problems So Common?
Our feet bear the brunt of everything we do in our daily lives once we’re upright. They absorb the shock impact of all the steps, stumbles, and heavy jogging strikes we ask of them. And, of course, Physical And Sports Therapy we often “ask” this while wearing high heels or other footwear with virtually no support where it’s needed.
In fact, the lower part of our body is such a complex interplay of bones, tendons, and joints that it shouldn’t be a surprise when some sort of problem eventually shows up. Unfortunately, you probably won’t be able to “outrun” some level of foot or ankle pain in your lifetime, whether you’re a sports junkie or a couch potato. Ironically, both a very active and extremely sedentary lifestyle can lead to foot and ankle pain, and aging is often a factor as well.
What types of conditions can be helped with physical therapy?
With the legs’ tibia and fibula bones coming together at the ankle and arching over the foot’s talus bone, problems in your feet can influence ankle pain and vice versa — as well as put stress on your knees and throw off hip and spine alignment. For that reason, the number of problems addressed by physical therapy for feet is fairly substantial. Conditions include:
- Balance and mobility issues
- Non-specific foot pain
- Plantar fasciitis
- Arthritis of foot and ankle
- Achilles tendonitis
- Sports injuries
- Sprained ankles
- Post-surgical rehabilitation
- Collapsed arches
What happens in physical therapy for foot pain?
Our dedicated team of physical therapists is trained to evaluate what you will need to work on based on existing medical information. We’ll also assess your walk style and ability to Physical Therapy For Balance move your feet and ankles in various positions.
Because so many foot and ankle issues stem from inflammation, causing a seizing-up effect, much physical therapy will likely focus on simple movements that encourage flexibility and range of motion. In addition, if your ankles aren’t able to properly support your weight, strengthening exercises might also be an important part of your therapy.
Our team of physical therapists will also teach you how to improve your posture when walking and running if gait issues are resulting from — or even causing — your foot and ankle pain.
Are you ready to take the “first steps” toward making the rest of those steps pain-free?
Don’t let the pain slow you down! Let our experts help you take control of your mobility, comfort, and overall function, freeing you from the constraints that pain imposes.