Foot & Ankle Treatment
Anyone who has experienced foot or ankle pain can tell you how debilitating it can be. Some common examples include ankle ligament sprain, heel pain or arch pain due to plantar fasciitis. Achilles pain from tendinopathy/tendonitis, partial tear or rupture are other conditions we see in our clinic. Pain and discomfort may also be caused from turf toe, bunions, or the joints in your foot.
Whatever your goals, or the nature of your issue, our capable team is here to support you. Comprehensive assessment and analysis is a key part of our treatment process at Pure Physio. This information allows us to develop a treatment plan tailored to your individual needs. We offer expert insight into a huge range of foot and ankle conditions. These conditions can be caused by acute injury, overuse, or ongoing biomechanical factors.
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There are two main causes of foot and ankle pain. Trauma is one of them. This might be caused by a fall, rolling your ankle or a quick ballistic movement. An example of this would be an Achilles rupture or tear from jumping or pushing off to sprint. Another instance could be an ankle sprain from falling down a curb awkwardly.
The second main cause of pain is overload. This is when, due to a multitude of factors, one or more of the tissues in the foot or ankle can no longer tolerate the load you are placing on them. This can cause inflammation and pain. An example of this is Achilles tendinopathy/tendonitis or plantar fasciitis. This is caused by a sudden increase in walking, running or even standing.
As part of foot and ankle injuries, you may experience:
- Redness or bruising.
- Instability. You may experience a sense of unbalance in your ankle or foot.
- Weakness. You may struggle to push off, hop or run.
- General tightness, and issues in the knee, hip and lower back pain. This can be a result of your body compensating for pain, swelling or lack of mobility around the foot and ankle
Video analysis and thorough observation of walking and running plays an important part in our assessment process. It helps highlight the causes of foot and ankle pain. This leads to specific testing and assessment of the foot and ankle in relation to your presentation. Once a clear diagnosis has been made, our physiotherapists will discuss a personal treatment plan, designed to resolve your symptoms and prevent recurrence.
Treatment may involve orthotics or modifying your day-to-day & training footwear. A combination of rehabilitation exercises can also be used to strengthen the structures of the foot and ankle. This includes mobilisation, stretching, soft tissue therapy, taping, and dry-needling.
There are many issues that can affect the feet and ankles. Some common issues we treat in clinic include:
- Achilles tendon pain.
- Plantar fasciitis.
- Post-surgical rehabilitation.
- Acute sprains and strains.
- Muscle dysfunction.
- Tibialis posterior tendinopathy.
- Calf tightness.
The earlier we can diagnose your condition and begin treatment, the sooner you can return to your normal healthy self. If left untreated, your symptoms may progress, causing further lifestyle restrictions and a longer recovery period. Speak with our experienced team if any of these symptoms sound familiar to the pain you are experiencing.
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