Possible physiotherapy diagnosis of your foot, ankle or achilles pain and relevant treatments:
The foot and ankle are complex structures and, if you consider that with each step we take (typically 8,000 – 10,000 steps a day), a force of 2-3 times our body weight is placed on our feet, it comes as no surprise that, at some time in our lives, we will all suffer from some type of foot pain.
Underlying issues often contribute to the development of foot and ankle pain hence the need for an accurate diagnoses of not only the injury but also the reason behind the injury occurring.
Foot pain and injury is extremely common
Foot pain can be sourced from local structures such as muscles, ligaments, bones and joints. However, it can be referred from other sources, including your lower back and other systemic diseases. We don’t just treat the pain, we find out the source of the pain in order to not only alleviate it but, aim to stop it reoccurring.
Ankle injuries are commonly categorised by the kind of tissue you injure, eg:
- Bone – Fracture
- Ligament – Sprain
- Muscle – Strain or Tear
- Tendon – Tendinopathy or Tendonisis
If you injure your foot or ankle it is important to get an early physiotherapy assessment because the right treatment and advice in the early stages is the key to a quick and full recovery.
Paragon Physiotherapy will provide for you a complete assessment, ensuring the initial cause of the problem is located, followed by a course of treatment that will both reduce your pain and ensure you have the knowledge to manage / alleviate future problems.
Examples of conditions we treat resulting in foot or ankle pain:
Heel spur, metatarsalgia, bunion, morton’s neuroma, muscle strain, overuse injuries, pinched nerve, plantar fasciitis, arthritis, severs disease, sprained ankle, stress fracture, achilles tendon rupture, achilles tendonitis, calf muscle tear, severs disease and shin splints.
Paragon Physiotherapy provide you with a range of specialised assessments and treatments which include:
- Ice / heat pack application
- TENS (Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation)
- Kinesio Taping
- Soft tissue mobilization / stretching
- Gentle range of motion (ROM) exercises
- Progressive strengthening exercises
- Postural training
- Athlete-specific training program
- Patient education
- Gait/running analysis