Ankle / foot pain & treatment

Common ankle & foot injuries that we treat.

Ankle pain

Ankle sprains

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One of the most common ankle injuries we treat are ankle sprains.  Ankle sprains most commonly occur as a result of trauma in sport, landing from a jump or falling off a pavement curb or something similar.

Depending on the severity of the sprain will determine how much bruising and swelling is present. Pain is usually felt either on the outside or inside of the ankle joint and can spread over the whole foot and up into the Achilles tendon area.

It is important to note that ankle sprains are one of the most recurring injuries. It is therefore vital that the appropriate treatment is started early. It is not just a case of resting and icing the joint. Specific rehabilitation and in particular balancing and co-ordination exercises are crucial.

Achilles tendon pain

Achilles tendon pain

Pain in the Achilles tendon is almost always due to tendonitis or tendonosis. Tendonitis suggests there is inflammation present within the tendon and tendonosis suggests that there is degeneration due to wear and tear. Typical symptoms include thickening around the tendon which is tender to touch, stiffness and pain when getting out of bed in the morning, pain usually after exercise, a general ache throughout the day and pain with sport participation.

The majority of people who suffer pain in the Achilles tendon tend to leave it as pain is usually not that bad in the beginning. Over a period of time it slowly gets worse. The quicker treatment is started the quicker the injury will heal.

Treatment will usually involve deep tissue massage, correction of foot biomechanics, specific strengthening exercises and joint mobilisations.

Plantar fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis involves inflammation of the plantar fascia tissue. The plantar fascia attaches to the bottom of the heal bone and connects to the toes.

It acts like an elastic spring during walking and running. As we walk the plantar fascia stretches. Excessive wear and tear can cause tiny tears and lead to inflammation. Pain is usually felt on the bottom of the heal that can radiate into the toes. Factors that may lead to plantar fasciitis include; poor footwear, high foot arches, tightness in the Achilles tendon and other surrounding muscles, trauma.

Treatment is focused on addressing the underlying causes of the pain. This usually involves correcting walking gait, joint mobilisations and deep tissue massage.

Other ankle & foot injuries that we treat include; morton’s neuroma, dislocations & post-op rehabilitation


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