Ankle and Foot Pain
Ankle pain is a common symptom that can be caused by several different factors, ranging from ill-fitting shoes to bone fractures or ligamentous tears. Most common conditions causing foot and ankle pain is plantar fasciitis and achilles tendonitis. It is characterized by pain on the sole of the foot, heel or behind the heel. It is caused by prolonged walking and/or standing, improper or worn out shoe wear, and anatomical structure of feet such as flat feet predisposing it to such injuries. Other common ankle and foot conditions are caused by direct or indirect trauma to the region. They may include achilles tendon rupture or ankle sprain. The pain may vary from mild to severe, localized bruising and swelling may occur, and you may experience difficulty walking or putting weight on the involved foot. The first thing you should do is RICE: rest, ice, compress, elevate, and see a medical doctor to rule out severe injury.
Additional examples of ankle and foot pathologies are the following:
- heel spurs
- arthritis of the ankle and toes
- collapsed arches
The pain is characterized by dull and aching pain in the ankle or toes and worsens with walking, standing and or running. Whether you experience a slow and gradual onset of pain or whether it happens suddenly during an activity, you should seek help.
At our US Healthcare we will examine your foot carefully and if necessary, we may refer you out for any necessary diagnostics such as x-rays or MRI’s. Physical therapy treats ankle and foot conditions with heat, ice, ultrasound, cold light laser therapy and electrical stimulation to control pain and inflammation. Manual techniques such as soft tissue mobilization, massage and joint mobilizations are used to increase range of motion, decrease pain and help the healing process go faster. We may also implement a specialized exercise program to strengthen the muscles of the ankle and foot and prevent pain from reoccurring.