Physical Therapy for Foot Pain and Ankle Pain
The foot and ankle are complex mechanical structures that work together for optimal function. The ankle joint consists of three bones and various connective tissues, while the foot contains approximately two dozen bones, 30 joints, and over 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments.
Foot pain and ankle pain are common complaints among active people, often related to running, walking on uneven surfaces, or jumping. Less active people also commonly suffer from symptoms at the feet and ankles. These ailments are treatable, but if left untreated, they can cause major problems, possibly affecting the functioning of your hip, knees, and back.
The Most Common Causes of Foot Pain and Ankle Pain
Foot pain and ankle pain can occur in relation to an acute injury or develop over time due to a chronic, underlying condition. Typically, foot pain or ankle pain occurs when the foot twists inward, and the outside of the ankle is stretched or torn.
Diagnostic terms related to foot pain and ankle pain include the following:
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Fallen Arches
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
- Shin Splints
- Strains and Sprains
Physical Therapy Can Help Relieve Foot Pain and Ankle Pain
Here at Bayside Physical Therapy, we utilize a combination of therapy techniques to relieve foot pain and ankle pain. During your first visit, we will perform an evaluation, discuss your goals, and develop an individualized plan based on the severity of your injury.
Treatment methods for foot pain and ankle pain increase blood flow and circulation to enhance healing, reduce inflammation and swelling, and improve mobility and function.
When to Seek Help for Foot Pain and Ankle Pain
If you suffer from foot pain or ankle pain, seek physical therapy intervention immediately. Physical therapy can resolve new injuries or pain, recurrent problems, and problems of long duration.