Humans all spend an incredible amount of time on our feet every day, and if you are suffering from foot and ankle pain, your life can be greatly impacted. Foot and ankle pain can stem from a variety of different causes. Physical therapy has been proven to help with the rehabilitation of injured extremities, in addition to providing relief for both acute and chronic pain.
Your feet and ankles are complex mechanical structures that must work together to function optimally. The ankle joint consists of three bones that articulate with one another, in addition to the various connective tissues that hold the assembly of the joint together.
The foot and ankle complex contains approximately two dozen bones, 30 joints, and over 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Because of all the complicated structures that make up the foot and ankle, it is common for people to experience pain in these areas. An injury to your foot or ankle can result in pain so severe that you may avoid putting your weight down on the affected body part. Even mild pain can cause physical limitations to your daily life, which can become a serious burden.
Foot and ankle pain can occur suddenly due to an acute injury, or it can develop over time in relation to a chronic, underlying condition. There are several common causes of foot and ankle pain according to the Mayo Clinic, including:
Whether you are suffering from an acute injury or chronic condition in your foot or ankle, you can find relief at New Stride Physical Therapy. The physical therapists will conduct a thorough examination to determine the cause of your pain, and then create an individualized treatment plan for your specific needs. If you have sustained an acute injury, it is likely that our physical therapists will prescribe a RICE treatment (rest, ice, compression, and elevation) for the first few days, in order to make sure that any swelling subsides before your treatment plan begins.
Your treatment plan will typically include a combination of manual therapy, exercises, and stretching, in order to restore joint mobility, improve balance, and strengthen the foot and ankle muscles. Modalities such as ultrasound, electrical stimulation, heat, and/or ice may also be used to help promote the healing process.
Don’t let foot and ankle pain slow you down! New Stride Physical Therapy will help improve your mobility, comfort, and overall function, and free you from the limitations of pain.