Physical Therapy Targeting Foot and Ankle Pain
We have seen it many times; people coming in with swollen, bruised, stiff ankles and are looking for a way to get their life and mobility back. In fact, this is so common that millions of people go to the emergency room each year because they injured their foot and/or ankle in some way. Whatever your case may be, from an acute sprain to chronic Achilles tendonitis, it is essential that you take pristine care of your injury so you can recover properly. A large part of that rehabilitation process is physical therapy.
The foot and ankle can have symptoms even if the problem doesn’t directly stem from there.
Causes of Foot and Ankle Pain
Like every other part of your body, there is never just one reason that causes painful side effects. Aside from non-injury related issues such as arthritis or sciatic nerve compression, the most common reason for foot and ankle pain is spraining. Sprains occur when you twist in a strange position, causing your ligament to overstretch or tear completely. Some other reasons include:
• A fracture to one of your bones in your ankle
• Achilles tendonitis
• Overuse the calf muscles (common in runners)
* Plantar fasciitis
* Flexor Hallicus Tendonitis (often confused with plantar fasciitis)
It is also important to note that when there is an injury to the foot or ankle, there is a decrease in proprioception. Proprioception is your body’s judgment of where it aligns in space. Meaning, if you sprain your ankle, you need to retrain your body’s fine senses to know exactly where the foot is placed. We focus on training proprioception in physical therapy treatment, as it is a very important aspect of avoiding re-injury.
- Achilles Tendon Rupture
- Ankle Impingement Syndrome
- Ankle Instability
- Achilles tendinitis/tendinosis
- Ankle Sprain
- Arch Collapse/Flatfoot Deformity
- Arch Collapse/Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction
- Arthritis of the Ankle
- Arthritis of the Big Toe
- Arthritis of the Hindfoot
- Arthritis of the Midfoot
- Breaks and Fractures
- Bunion (Hallux Valgus)
- Calcaneal Apophysitis (Sever's Disease)
- Jones Fractures
- Heel Spur (Calcaneal Spur)
- Lisfranc (Midfoot) Injuries
- Morton's Neuroma
Symmetry Physical Therapy is a privately owned one-on-one, patient-centered physical therapy clinic in Downtown Miami/Brickell. Every treatment is with the same Doctor of Physical Therapy for the entire hour. Symmetry’s specialized, dedicated, and passionate team of physical therapists is fully committed to each patient’s success.