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Foot and Ankle Pain Relief

Ankle and Foot Pain

The foot and ankle are complicated structures, made of many parts. The foot is more complex, with 26 bones, 33 joints, and more than 100 tendons, muscles, and ligaments. Your ankle consists of your 2 lower leg bones, ankle bone with ligaments, tendons and muscles. With so many different elements working together to allow best levels of mobility, one small injury can cause major problems. Foot problems can arise from a variety of situations, including injuries, extra weight, aging, and bad-fitting shoes.

Why are feet and ankle problems so common?

Our feet bear the brunt of everything we do in our daily lives once we’re upright. They absorb the shock impact of all of the steps, stumbles and heavy jogging strikes that we ask of them. And, of course, we often “ask” this while wearing high heels, or other footwear with virtually no support where it’s needed.

In fact, the lower part of our body is such a complex interplay of bones, tendons and joints that it shouldn’t be a surprise when some sort of problem eventually shows up. You probably won’t be able to “outrun” some level of ankle or foot pain in your lifetime, whether you’re a sports junkie or a couch potato. Ironically, both a very active lifestyle and an extremely sedentary one can lead to foot and ankle pain, and aging is often a factor as well.

What types of conditions can be helped with physical therapy?

With the legs’ tibia and fibula bones coming together at the ankle and arching over the foot’s talus bone, problems in your feet can influence ankle pain, and vice versa — as well as put stress on your knees, and throw off hip and spine alignment. For that reason, the number of problems addressed by physical therapy relating to feet and ankles is fairly substantial. Conditions include:

What happens in physical therapy? 

Our dedicated team of physical therapists are trained to evaluate what you will need to work on, based on existing medical information. Our physical therapist will also evaluate your walk and your ability to move your feet and ankles in various positions. We are well versed in the treatment of ankle pain and will be able to provide you pain relief while helping restore functionality to your ankle. Treatments used will be based on the origin of your pain, and may include manual therapy, stretching exercises, and strength training to prevent a future injury.

Because so many foot and ankle issues stem from inflammation, causing a kind of seizing-up effect, much of physical therapy will likely focus on simple movements that encourage flexibility and range of motion. In addition, if your ankles aren’t able to properly support your weight, strengthening exercises might also be an important part of your therapy.

Our team of physical therapists will also teach you how to improve your posture when walking and running, if gait issues are resulting from — or even causing — your foot and ankle pain.

Are you ready to take the “first steps” toward making the rest of those steps pain-free?

Contact us today at our office in Collierville, TN for an evaluation, so that you can begin your journey to healthy, strong feet and ankles.