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foot and ankle pain

We spend a lot of time on our feet so it’s no wonder foot and ankle pain, discomfort in the heel and arches are common problems for every age group.  Foot and ankle problems make daily, functional activities such as standing, walking and using stairs difficult. In addition, it can also mean we have trouble going from a seated position to a standing one without pain. Even taking just a few steps can be painful due to muscle tightness and joint stiffness.

The most frequent complaint people have is pain at the ankle joint that can radiate up into the leg or down into the heel. One particular foot condition we treat is plantar fasciitis. If plantar fasciits and general foot pain is not taken care of, it can cause dysfunctions up the chain in your knee, hip and even your back. That’s because to compensate for this pain, you have an abnormal gait or walking pattern. The movements you use to perform a normal activity are altered to try and avoid that pain in your foot or ankle. This ‘trickle down effect’ can lead to further restrictions.  You may have difficulty bending over to tie your shoes, bath, exercise and participate in your weekly Zumba exercise class.

This ‘trickle down’ effect is why it’s so important to see a physical therapist to learn what is causing your pain or dysfunction and so you can understand the correct way to treat your symptomsPhysical therapy is a very effective treatment method to relieve a condition like plantar fasciitis and general foot and ankle discomfort. It will help to:

  • decrease pain and inflammation,
  • improve joint mobility,
  • decrease muscle tightness and
  • improve motor control of the ankle’s stabilizing muscles.

It can also help you avoid the need for injections

What is your plantar fascia?

  • A thick band of connective tissue that extends from your heel bone to the bottom of the toes. It supports the arch of your foot.

Symptoms associated with plantar fasciitis include heel pain, which is usually the worst in the morning but improves throughout the day.

So what causes foot and ankle problems? Foot and ankle pain can stem from a number of factors. Some common ones include:

  • Poor footwear
  • Weakness in the intrinsic foot muscles
  • Poor foot anatomy such as a flat foot or high arches
  • Chronic issues with lower back, hip or the knee that causes pain down into the foot and ankle

At Loudoun Sports Therapy Center, our Physical Therapists will design an individualized plan of care specific to your symptoms.. We can help improve strength and stability of the ankle and foot joint to restore your ability to get back to your favorite activities.

CALL Loudoun Sports Therapy Center TODAY at 703-450-4300.

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