Foot and Ankle Pain
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Common Foot/Ankle Conditions Treated Here:
Here is a list of frequently treated Foot and Ankle conditions that we see in our clinic:
“What causes foot and/or Ankle Pain?”
Ankle pain can be caused by a variety of conditions, such as sprain, strain, tendinitis and arthritis. Ankle sprains and strains are one of the most common musculoskeletal injuries. These types of injuries can occur on both sides of the ankle joint. Typically, sudden stretching or sudden twisting causes an ankle sprain or strain. There may be pain, swelling or even a tear. Usually, an x-ray is done to rule out a fracture. Treatment for an ankle sprain or strain generally includes applying ice, getting rest and, depending of severity of the injury, limiting the amount of weight-bearing on the ankle. Anti-inflammatory meds can reduce both pain and swelling. Physical Therapy may be part of the rehabilitation process.
Tendinitis is a swelling of the tendon. In the ankle, it can involve the peroneal tendon, the posterior tibial tendon or the Achilles tendon. Tendinitis can result from an overuse injury, running or diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis. All kinds of tendinitis typically cause inflammation, pain and tenderness. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory meds, immobilizing the area and applying ice are the first line of treatment for tendinitis. Physical therapy is very effective in the treatment of tendinitis.
Foot pain can be caused by many things. One of the most common foot pain issues we see is Plantar Fasciitis. It is estimated that at least 10% of the population will have Plantar Fasciitis at some point in their life. Plantar Fasciitis is characterized by pain at or near the heel when putting weight on your feet after prolonged periods of sitting. The pain experienced can be sharp and very severe. It typically loosens a little after you have been on your feet for a little while. It can also be aggravated by prolonged standing or walking as well. You can also have Planter Fasciitis away from the heel in the arch of your foot, specifically with activity or when not wearing supportive shoes or orthotics. Typically specific exercises to stretch the muscles of the lower leg and foot will work. Sometimes orthotics are needed as well. If symptoms are still not getting better then Physical Therapy is needed with various modalities applied such as EPAT Shockwave Therapy. Physical Therapy with EPAT has a 90% success rate with Plantar Fasciitis.
Another ailment that can cause foot pain is arthritis. There are three major types arthritis: osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and posttraumatic arthritis. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition where the cartilage gradually begins to wear away. Pain and stiffness worsen over time. It results in a painful rubbing of bone on bone. Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic autoimmune disease. It can affect the ankle and foot joints. The body’s immune cells attack the synovium covering the foot’s joints. Pain and joint deformity are common with rheumatoid arthritis.
After an injury, posttraumatic arthritis can develop in the ankle or foot. Previous fractures and dislocations are the most common conditions that can lead to posttraumatic arthritis. Like osteoarthritis, the joints begin to wear away. And it may take many years for this to occur after the injury.
physical Therapy for foot and ankle pain
Physical therapists utilize a combination of therapy techniques to relieve foot pain and ankle pain. Soft tissue and joint mobilizations are done to restore muscle activation and proper joint mechanics. Manual therapy may be used to improve mobility of the ankle and foot along with reducing pain. Therapeutic exercises and activities are targeted to the affected foot structures. Proprioceptive and balance training is also frequently implemented.
Some passive modalities that physical therapists use to treat injuries to the foot and ankle include electrical stimulation, ultrasound, ice and heat therapy and massage. At Impact Physical Therapy, we also utilize a unique treatment called Shockwave Therapy that may be very beneficial to accelerate to healing process. These treatment methods increase blood flow and circulation to enhance healing, reduce inflammation, reduce pain and improve mobility. When you come to your first visit, a full evaluation is done, goals are discussed and an individualized treatment plan is designed to target your specific needs.
Are you suffering from foot pain or ankle pain? Don’t delay any longer. Contact us at our Sioux City and Akron locations for a comprehensive evaluation. Our physical therapists have helped many other patients who suffer from ankle and foot pain and can help you, too. The path to your recovery is just a phone call away.
If you’re currently living with Foot and Ankle pain, here’s 7 more reasons why it could be lasting longer than it should:
If any of these have happened to you, we would love to help you and invite you to book a call to speak with one of our Physical Therapists at our clinic to find out what can be done to help you.
And now some good news for you…
If you have tried any or all of the above things already, it is actually a GOOD THING. It’s good because when we are able to determine what doesn’t or hasn’t worked - we are that much closer to helping you find the thing that does!
Click the link below to schedule a phone call with us for some helpful advice for your problem. The phone call is complimentary and there is no obligation to book any appointments with us after the call is over. Our goal simply is to help you make the right decision about what to do next for your health.
“WHAT CAN I DO TO GET RID OF MY foot/ankle PAIN QUICKLY?”...
Well, here's 4 things you can do:
If you would like to know how the Physical Therapy team at Impact Physical Therapy and Wellness can help you live with less foot/ankle pain - we invite you to start with a completely free, no-obligation, risk free appointment at our clinic in the Morningside area of Sioux City and in Akron.
Note: This Free Taster Session is something that we offer to people who are very nervous or skeptical about Physical Therapy - unsure of its benefits or if it is right for them. If that sounds like you, then please start with a free taster session so that we can work with you to find out what is wrong and what can be done - without any financial risk on your part.
So the next question is: