Foot and Ankle Pain Relief
Physical Therapy for Your Feet and Ankles: Kicking the Pain
Does taking the stairs, commuting to work, or walking from the parking lot make you feel a sense of dread? The amount of time we spend on our feet is extraordinary. Because of this, if you are suffering from foot or ankle pain, your daily life can suddenly become impacted. Physical therapy can help with the rehabilitation of the feet and ankles. It is effective in providing relief for both acute and chronic pain. Contact Physical Therapy Services, LLC and learn more our services can benefit you!
There are a variety of reasons why foot or ankle pain occur, but we’ll help you get back on your feet.
What’s causing my foot or ankle pain?
There are two main ways that foot and ankle pain occurs: suddenly, due to an acute injury, or over time, due to a chronic, underlying condition. According to the Mayo Clinic, some of the most common causes of foot pain and ankle pain include:
- Tendonitis. Tendonitis occurs when the tendons are excessively overused, causing them to become inflamed for prolonged periods of time.
- Strains and sprains. A strain occurs when a muscle or tendon is stretched too far, while a sprain occurs when a ligament is stretched too far or is torn.
- Fracture. When excessive force or trauma is put on a bone, it can crack or fracture. A fracture to the foot or ankle could result in weeks of downtime to ensure proper healing.
- Arthritis. Arthritis is common and causes painful inflammation to the joints. Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are the two most common types of arthritis. Both types can greatly impact the foot and ankle joints, resulting in pain and decreased function.
- Tarsal tunnel syndrome. The tarsal tunnel is the nerve that runs from the ankle to the foot. When it becomes pinched or inflamed, tarsal tunnel syndrome occurs.
- Bursitis. Bursae is an anti-friction sac in the joint. When tendons rub against these sacs, bursitis can occur.
- Fallen arches. The arches of your feet are comprised of several tendons. When the tendons pull together properly, your foot will form an arch. However, sometimes the tendons do not pull together properly, resulting in a very small arch, or no arch at all. This is referred to as “fallen arch” or “flat foot,” which can cause pain or discomfort over time.
- Plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis occurs when the connective tissue at the bottom of the foot becomes inflamed. It is most commonly caused by aggravated overuse, such as improper posture, constant standing, or footwear that lacks proper arch support.
How does foot and ankle pain develop?
It is no secret that both your feet and ankles are very complex structures. They must work together to function at optimal levels. According to the Arthritis Foundation, the ankle joint consists of three bones that all must interact with one another correctly, in addition to the various connective tissues that hold the joint together.
The foot is a complex joint that is comprised of approximately two dozen bones, 30 joints, and over 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Due to this complexity, pain felt in the foot and ankles is common. Whether your pain is mild or severe, serious limitations can occur in your daily life. At Physical Therapy Services, LLC, we’d like to help.
Kick your foot and ankle pain with physical therapy:
Physical therapy provides treatment for both acute and chronic foot and ankle pain. At your initial appointment, an examination is performed and an individualized treatment plan will be developed for your specific needs.
Acute injuries are typically prescribed R.I.C.E treatments (rest, ice, compression, and elevation) for the first few days to decrease swelling. After that, you can begin more specialized treatments.
If you are suffering from a chronic condition, your therapy will be based on your signs and symptoms. Pain management can help with obtaining your optimum physical function, with a decreased risk of sustaining future injuries.
Treatment plans include targeted stretches and exercises in order to strengthen the foot and ankle muscles, improve balance, and restore joint mobility. Additional treatment methods may include manual therapy and balance boards. Physical therapy will focus on easing your pain and boosting your circulation, which may include recommending lifestyle changes or orthotic footwear.
If you are suffering from foot or ankle pain, don’t wait any longer for relief. Contact Physical Therapy Services, LLC at Oklahoma City, OK to schedule an evaluation and discuss how our services can help improve your mobility, comfort, and overall function. Get started on your first steps toward pain relief – kick your foot and ankle pain today.