Foot & Ankle Pain
Of all the parts that make up the human body, the feet are the most abused. They absorb the shock of each step we take, whether bare foot, in heels or in well fitting gym shoes.The lower part of our body is such a complex structure made up of bones, tendons and joints. With such complexity, you probably won’t be able to “outrun” some level of ankle or foot pain in your lifetime, whether you are super active or a couch potato (both create risk for developing injury).
We have complied information on the top 3 causes of foot and ankle pain. If you suffer from foot or ankle pain, it is important to find the cause of your pain so that you can seek treatment for your condition that doesn't involve medication, injection or surgery. Physical therapy is proven to relieve or completely resolve symptoms of many foot and ankle conditions. As doctors of physical therapy, we are experienced at identifying the cause of your foot or ankle pain, without requiring expensive MRIs or x rays, and use research to provide treatment most specific to the cause of your symptoms.
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Cause #1: Plantar Fasciitis
Positive Signs of Plantar Fasciitis:
Pain by the heel with the first few steps in the morning or after sitting for prolonged periods of time
Pain with walking
Pain with going up and down stairs
It is known that approximately 2 million Americans are diagnosed with this condition each year and that it affects 10% of people over a lifetime. This condition can become chronic with pain lasting months to over a year in duration. There are several risk factors for development of plantar fasciitis. Having poor flexibility of the ankle and/or having limited hamstring flexibility are both indicators that you may develop this condition. Other risk factors include: having a high BMI (body mass index), running, wearing poor shoe-wear, having high or low arches, having a job which requires a lot of standing/walking/jumping, and being female. If you have plantar fasciitis it is important that you seek treatment sooner than later because with some simple exercises and hands on work you can see improvement in your symptoms within a few visits and possible full resolution of your condition.
Cause #2: Posterior Tibial Tendonitis
Positive Signs of Posteior Tibial Tendonitis
Pain along the tendon on the inside of foot and ankle
Swelling on the inside of foot may be present
Pain is worse with walking and standing
This condition is frequently misdiagnosed as it presents similarly to plantar fasciitis. The difference with this condition is that the pain worsens with walking and standing whereas, the pain decreases with walking in plantar fasciitis. It is really important if you have this condition that you are wearing good fitting shoes and have adequate strength and flexibility throughout your hips, knees and ankles.
Cause #3: Achilles Tendonitis
Positive Signs of Achilles Tendonitis
Pain along the tendon or back of heel which increases with activity
Pain and stiffness in the morning
Localized swelling of the heel
This condition is usually caused by a change in your daily activities, commonly an increase in the amount of walking or running you perform. It is important to note if you have any flexibility or strength deficits in your hips or knees which can influence your ankle mechanics while walking or running. It is also important that you are wearing appropriate shoe wear for your activity.