Ankle and Foot Pain in Happy Valley
- Plantar Fasciitis – Pain along the bottom of your foot that increases with walking, stairs, and/or running caused from the over loading of the tissue that connects your toes to your heel. Assessment of the mechanics of your feet, ankles, knees and hips can help determine how to reduce the force on this tissue and relieve pain. Passive support like orthotics and shoes can help but fail to resolve the underlying issues and should be used as part of a pain management strategy. It is important to assess if your pain stems from shortness of the plantar fascia or poor active and passive support of the arch of your foot, as it may drastically change the best course of treatment.
- Sprained Ankle – Usually caused by rolling the ankle from a missed step, uneven ground or a fall, this injury is an elongation of the passive structures (the ones not attached to muscles) and active stabilizing musculature that support the ankle. While controlling the symptoms it is important to address any underlying cause of the injury (balance, weakness of the muscles that control the ankle are all assessed as part of a standard physical therapy evaluation) and common impairments that are seen after these injuries heal (delayed reaction time of the muscles that protect against future sprains). Studies have shown that impairments in ankle function can persist for months after the initial pain has subsided. If you participate in activities or have a history of ankle sprains it might be worth discussing strategies to reduce the rate of injury with a Physical Therapist.
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