With the amount of work we put them to, you would think ankle and foot pain would be present in everyone! Just like other body parts, sprains and strains can occur, however, overuse and repetitive motion are the predominant cause of injury in this area. Physical therapy is a very effective tool in rehabilitiation of all types of ankle and foot injuries through the reduction of inflammation and then strengthening of the surrounding muscles and tendons.
Common ankle & foot conditions we treat
Overstretching or tearing of ligaments in the ankle is referred to as a joint sprain, where a strain is the overstretching of the tendons in the ankle. Symptoms usually include pain, swelling, bruising, and limited mobility.
When one or more of the three bones in the ankle joint are fractured, pain, swelling, and loss of mobility will occur. Pain will usually be more intense with any attempt to put weight on the ankle.
Plantar fasciitis, one of the most common foot dysfunctions, involves inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of the foot, connecting the heel bone to the toes. Plantar fasciitis commonly causes stabbing pain that is worse first thing in the morning. The pain normally decreases with movement, but may return after long periods of standing or sitting. It is most common in runners, people who are overweight, and those who wear shoes with inadequate support.
Achilles tendonitis is the inflammation of the achilles tendon, the thick band that runs from the heel of the foot up the back of the calf. When the tendon becomes inflamed, it is more susceptible to microtears and weakness. This dysfunction is common in runners who recently increased the duration or intensity of their runs, as well as for "weekend warrior" tennis, pickleball, or basketball players.
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