Common Questions Regarding Foot and Ankle Pain!

foot and ankle pain Dec7th 2020

What is the plantar fascia?

The plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue that connects the heel to the toes. During plantar fasciitis, this tissue becomes inflamed, causing pain on the bottom of the heel and foot. Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of foot/heel pain. A common symptom of plantar fasciitis is pain that is worse first thing in the morning and then gets better the more you move. Pain can also increase with prolonged standing, walking or other activities.

Can physical therapy help with chronic ankle sprains?

An ankle sprain occurs when ligaments that support the ankle become overstretched or torn. This can happen when you are landing or accepting weight onto your foot while rapidly changing positions and the weight of your body is not equally distributed over your foot. This may happen while playing sports, stepping off a curb wrong, or even walking on an uneven surface. The biggest risk factor for an ankle sprain is a history of a previous ankle sprain. Physical therapy can help in the recovery of ankle sprains and then reduce the risk of a future ankle sprain by promoting stability and addressing factors that can contribute to ankle sprains.

Should I get orthotics?

Orthotics may be beneficial as they help to give support to a flat foot or cushion a foot that sits too high. If you are considering orthotics, a physical therapist can help you decide on the right ones for you. We also can make custom orthotics!

Why do I have numbness and tingling in my leg?

Numbness or tingling in the buttocks, thigh, calf, or foot is a symptom of nerve involvement. Meaning that, the nerves that travel in your leg to help you move your leg or foot, either has pressure on it somewhere it shouldn’t, or is not moving as freely as it should. This can typically happen with hip, low back, or ankle pain and tight muscles surrounding the hip or ankle joint. Our physical therapists can help with numbness and tingling by reducing the tightness in the muscles surrounding the joint and help to get the nerves moving like they should!

Why should I go to physical therapy for my foot/ankle?

A physical therapist will do a thorough physical exam of your foot or ankle to find weakness or restrictions in movement that may be related to your pain. They will look at how you walk and how your back, hips and knees move to see if there are any restrictions in these areas that are contributing to your pain. Following a thorough assessment, they will come up with an individualized plan to address your specific restrictions or limitations.

What will a session of physical therapy for foot/ankle pain consist of?

Our physical therapists will work with you based on your specific needs. They will help to address pain, limitations in motion, or any strength deficits you may have. At our clinic, you will receive one on one care from only a physical therapist, no assistants or aides. Your treatment may consist of manual therapy, cupping, scraping/IASTM, dry needling, therapeutic exercises, etc.

How do I know what exercises to do to help my foot/ankle pain?

When you schedule a visit with us, our therapists work with you to develop a personalized home exercise program consisting of therapeutic exercises to target your specific needs!

Do you have foot or ankle pain?

If you have any questions regarding shoulder pain and/or would like to start treatment – give ProTailored Physical Therapy a call today at (260) 739-0300!