What is foot and ankle pain?

Ankle injuries and foot pain are incredibly common in all age brackets, and have a variety of causes including sports, work, exercise and everyday injuries. Sports such as basketball and skiing make players more susceptible to ankle injury. Everyday activities such as rolling an ankle on an uneven footpath can cause the development of an ankle injury or cause foot pain.

Our Physiotherapists have the knowledge and treatment to successfully treat lower limb injuries, using a variety of tailored treatments that strive decrease pain and increase mobility. When dealing with lower limb and foot injuries, it is vital that they are treated promptly to prevent unnecessary strain on the joint that could develop into a long term problem.

Your muscles and tendons control the way you move and are stabilised on your feet. If you experience pain or have difficulty moving the ankle joint, it is important that you seek treatment from an experienced practitioner.

Causes of foot and ankle pain

There is no single cause for ankle or foot pain, yet it is important that the cause is accurately diagnosed by your practitioner in order to develop appropriate treatment.

Ankle Pain

An injury may stem from damage to the bone, muscle, tendon or ligament and a variety of tests can enable the source of pain to be located.

When the muscles surrounding the ankle are weak, your ligaments are not protected, will stretch and could result in a sprain or ligament rupture. Another type of ankle injury is a fracture or break. The recovery from a break or fracture can be effectively treated by a physiotherapist.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be caused by a number of different conditions, including inflammation, nerve damage, stress fractures, injuries or poor foot alignment.

The common cause of foot and ankle pain includes:

  • Ankle sprain
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Heel pain
  • Sever’s disease
  • Excessive pronation
  • Morton’s neuroma
  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Osgood Schlatter’s disease

Treatment for foot and ankle pain

The most effective ankle and foot pain treatment involves a combination of hands on treatment and exercises prescribed.  Physical treatments will restore normal motion of the joint, and loosen tense muscles around the ankle. Furthermore, your rehabilitation exercises are designed to quicken your recovery, and build strength to prevent further injury.

Your treatment plan is tailored to your history, injury and physical goals. Regardless of your foot pain’s cause- surgery, injury or other causes, our team will provide you with the treatment and long term solutions for recovery.