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Walking and Standing Shouldn’t Be Painful

Foot and ankle pain, and discomfort in the heel and arches are common problems for every age group. This type of discomfort and pain makes daily, functional activities such as standing, walking and using stairs difficult. It can also mean we have trouble going from a seated position to a standing one without pain.

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

Why does foot and ankle pain cause pain elsewhere?

That’s because, you compensate for this pain. You may 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, such as, difficulty bending over to tie your shoes, bath, exercise and participate in your weekly Zumba exercise class.

One particular foot condition we treat is plantar fasciitis.

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.

Those with plantar fasciitis, often experience pain in their heel, which is usually worse in the morning, and gradually improves throughout the day.

How PT can help:

It is so important to see a physical therapist to learn what is causing your pain or dysfunction, so you can understand the correct way to treat your symptoms.  Physical 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.
  • Improve motor control of the ankle’s stabilizing muscles.
  • Avoid the need for injections

Here 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 to schedule your evaluation and start living pain free.

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