Foot and Ankle Pain

Foot and ankle pain is a common ailment that is normally very treatable. However, if left untreated, it can cause major problems later on, possibly affecting the functioning of your knees, hip, and back. Types of foot and ankle pain that we treat are Plantar Fasciosis, Plantar Fasciitis, Achilles Tendonitis, Shin Splints, and Ankle Sprains.

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Causes of Foot and Ankle Pain

Foot and ankle pain can have many different causes but some of the leading causes of foot and ankle pain is due to physical trauma, overuse, medical conditions, weak muscles, and other risk factors.

Types of Foot and Ankle Pain

Some of the most common types of foot and ankle pain conditions include Plantar Fasciosis, Plantar Fasciitis, Achilles Tendonitis, Shin Splints, Ankle Sprains, and more.

Plantar Fasciosis

A common cause of foot and ankle pain is Plantar Fasciosis, or deterioration of the Plantar Fascia. The Plantar Fascia is a ligament connecting your toes to your heel. Deterioration is typically caused by repetitive stress, and it can worsen over time. Plantar Fasciosis can be caused by being on your feet for long periods of time, shoes without proper support, high arches, and being overweight. In addition to anti-inflammatory medication, Plantar Fasciosis can be treated with massage, orthotics, iontophoresis, ice, and stretching.

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Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis, also known as ITB Friction Syndrome or Trochanteric Bursitis, is a condition caused by excessive stretching of the Plantar Fascia. One of the main symptoms is a sharp pain over the heel and on the underside of the foot. This can be caused by wearing high heeled shoes for years, or if you have either flat feet or high arches. Treatment can include hands-on joint mobilization, stretching, myofascial release, and strapping techniques.

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Achilles Tendonitis

Achilles Tendonitis is caused by overuse of the Achilles tendon, resulting in pain along the back of the leg near the heel. It is common in running, basketball, and other activities that involve jumping. Symptoms can worsen with weight bearing activities. Achilles Tendonitis can be treated with myofascial release, exercises, electrical stimulation, ice, and more.

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Shin Splints

Generalized lower leg muscle pain occurring below the knee is a sign that you may have Shin Splints. It is mostly runners who get Shin Splints, but it can also plague dancers, tennis players, basketball players, and more. Regardless of your sport, it’s important to warm up properly to avoid getting Shin Splints. You also should not ignore them. Stopping activity briefly can drastically help it to heal. Our professionals will create a personalized plan for you to get you back on your feet.

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Ankle Sprains

While an Ankle Sprain doesn’t always sound like a major injury, it can sometimes take months to heal. Sprains are often caused by turning or rolling your ankle, over-stretching the ankle ligaments. Symptoms of a sprain are swelling and pain on the outside of the ankle and can result in inability to bear weight or limited movement. Treatment includes movement exercises, manual therapy, and staying off of the ankle.

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Treatment of Foot and Ankle Pain with Physical Therapy

We treat all forms of foot and ankle pain at any one of our clinics across the United States. We have hundreds of locations to help you alleviate your pain and help you get back to doing the things you love most. If you would like to set up an appointment to treat your foot and ankle pain at one of our PT clinics, please schedule an appointment by filling out our online form. We look forward to meeting you!

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