Foot and Ankle Pain Relief
Got A Pain In Your Foot or Ankle? Physical Therapy Can Provide Long-Lasting Relief
Take A Stand Against Your Foot and Ankle Pain!
If you think about it, how long do you stand on your feet every day? If you’re suffering from foot or ankle pain, you might be overly aware of just how often you use them! Foot and ankle pain can greatly impact your quality of life and affect your ability to function independently throughout your day. People suffering from these conditions typically avoid activities that cause extra pressure or stress on their feet because it causes uncomfortable pain sensations. Foot and ankle pain can stem from a variety of different causes, but Southern California Aquatic and Physical Therapy can help get you back on track.
For a long time, physical therapy has been proven to help relieve pain and offer rehabilitation for injuries, including those that affect your foot or ankle. Call Southern California Aquatic and Physical Therapy in Huntington Beach, CA today to request an appointment with one of our dedicated and experienced physical therapists to learn more about how our rehabilitation services can help relieve your pain.
Common Foot and Ankle Pain Conditions:
Pain in the feet and ankles can be brought on very suddenly due to an acute injury such as a fall or sprain, but it can also develop overtime as a result of an underlying condition. According to the Mayo Clinic, there are several common causes of foot pain and ankle pain, including some of the following conditions:
Arthritis is a common inflammatory condition affecting the joints. It results in moderate to severe pain. The most common types include rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, both of which can greatly impact the joints in the foot and ankle.
Plantar fasciitis is another inflammatory condition occurring in the connective tissue on the bottom of your feet. This can occur from irritated overuse, such as standing for a long time, poor posture, or footwear that lacks proper arch support. This is a common condition among runners. If you have trouble taking the first steps in the morning, you may have this condition. You may need a night splint, arch support or be taught taping techniques.
Tendinitis occurs from excessive overuse of the tendons, causing them to become inflamed for a long time. The most common tendonitis injuries include the Achilles and the tendon in the arch called the posterior tibial tendon. People that have lower arches or “flat feet” are more predisposed to posterior tibial tendon issues. You may need an arch support or be taught how to tape your foot for support.
A fracture occurs from excessive force or blunt trauma to the bone, causing it to crack or break entirely. A fracture to the foot or ankle could result in weeks of downtime to ensure proper healing, and can even result in having to leave work for a while.
Sprains and strains
A sprain occurs when a ligament is stretched too far or torn. A strain occurs when a muscle or tendon is stretched. The most common sprain is an ankle sprain. A sprain on the outside of the ankle is caused when your ankle is forced in, this is a common sports injury.
Bursitis occurs when the tendons rub against the “bursae” or anti-friction sacs, causing them to become irritated, inflamed, and uncomfortable.
Your foot contains several tendons that work together to form your arch. When the tendons pull together properly, your foot will form a proper arch. However, when the tendons do not pull together properly, your foot will form a very small arch, or no arch at all. This is referred to as “flat foot” or a “fallen arch” and can cause pain or discomfort.
Tarsal tunnel syndrome
Tarsal tunnel syndrome occurs when the tarsal tunnel (the nerve that runs from the back of calf to the inside of the ankle to the bottom of the foot) becomes compressed and inflamed. The symptoms of tarsal tunnel syndrome often are confused with plantar fasciitis. However, the physical therapy treatment for tarsal tunnel syndrome is very different from plantar fasciitis. Symptoms of tarsal tunnel include a “rubber band feeling” around your foot, tingling or pain in the inside of the ankle and bottom of the foot and also may include burning. Our physical therapists at Southern California Aquatic and Physical Therapy know how to differentiate tarsal tunnel syndrome from other foot pain. Our experts will help you with your tarsal tunnel syndrome.
More Reasons Behind Foot and Ankle Pain:
Our ankles and feet are very complex structures that absolutely must work together properly in order to function at their highest level. According to the Arthritis Foundation, the ankle joint consists of three bones that all must interact with one another correctly to function properly, along with the various connective tissues that hold the assembly of the joint together.
The foot is even more complex, containing approximately 24 bones, 30 joints, and over 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments. It’s extremely common to feel pain in those areas because of all the complicated structures that make up your feet and ankles. An injury to your foot or ankle can result in pain so severe you may even avoid putting your weight down on it. This will leave you with two options; hopping around, risking injury to your other foot, or worse, being stuck in a chair, unable to go anywhere and or function independently. Even mild pain can cause physical limitations to your daily life and keep you from taking care of yourself or others.
Southern California Aquatic and Physical Therapy Physical Therapy Can Provide Relief
No matter what kind of pain you’re struggling with, whether it’s an acute or chronic condition in your foot or ankle, Southern California Aquatic and Physical Therapy can offer a real pain relief solution. Our Huntington Beach, CA physical therapists will conduct a thorough examination to confirm what is causing your pain, and then they will create a personalized treatment plan for your specific condition.
Since everyone’s pain is different, no two treatment plans are created alike. Your treatment plan will most likely include a combination of exercises, specialized manual therapy techniques, and targeted stretches to improve balance and gait, restore joint mobility, and strengthen the muscles in your foot and ankle. Your treatment plan could also include technology or tools, such as a balance board and aquatic physical therapy to help make weight bearing more comfortable.
Our therapists are 100% dedicated to your recovery and will do all they can to ease your pain.We will also evaluate and recommend lifestyle changes or orthotic footwear to prevent more problems in the future.
Contact Our Office in Huntington Beach, CA Today
Don’t let foot and ankle pain slow you down! Our Huntington Beach, CA physical therapy practice will help you become free from the limitations of pain. We’re just a phone call away. Contact Southern California Aquatic and Physical Therapy today to request your appointment. Let us help you kick that annoying foot or ankle pain, and get back to your normal routine!