The foot and ankle are complex structures of more than 26 bones, 33 joints, and more than 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments. If you consider that with each step we take, a force of 2-3 times our body weight is placed on our feet and during a typical day we take 8,000 – 10,000 steps, it comes as no surprise that at some time in our lives we will all suffer from some type of foot pain.
Common causes of Foot, Ankle and Achilles Pain
Ankle Ligament Sprain
Ligament sprains are one of the most common injuries in the foot and ankle. Click Here to read more
The Achilles tendon is situated above the heel and forms the lower part of the calf muscles. Click Here to read more.
The pain is normally located near to the heel bone, which can be tender to touch. Click Here to read more.
Ankle Impingement Syndrome
There are lots of soft tissues around the foot and ankle that have the potential to be pinched between bones. Click Here to read more.
Flat Feet / Over Pronation
Flat feet or foot pronation is common and often people with flat feet never have any problems. Click Here to read more.
Turf toe is the common term used to describe pain in the big toe joint. Click Here to read more.
There are often underlying issues that contribute to the development of foot and ankle pain including: dropped arches, weakness in the core stability muscles and tightness in the calves. External issues can also contribute such as poor footwear, poor playing surfaces (sports) or uneven ground.
Correct diagnosis is of paramount importance in the foot and ankle. At The Back & Body Clinic we take great care over accurately diagnosing foot and ankle problems. We will do a full biomechanical assessment to highlight any issues that have contributed to your injury. Staging of rehabilitation is of particular importance because the weight baring capability’s of the foot and ankle will change during the rehabilitation and it is important the rehab is progressed at the same rate, to prevent set backs but recover as quickly as possible. Years of experience in Professional Sport makes the practitioners at The Back & Body expertly placed in getting that fine balance right.
If you injure your foot or ankle it is important to get physiotherapy early because the right treatment and advice in the early stages is the key to a quick and full recovery. For more chronic conditions that develop over time the earlier you get physiotherapy the better. This is because the longer the condition goes on for the more degenerative changes take place, this will hamper your recovery.