FOOT ANKLE PAIN
FOOT, ANKLE, LOWER LEG TREATMENT
FEET MECHANICSOpen or Close
The foot & ankle is made up of a number of small bones interconnected by ligaments,
muscles & fascia all working together to give the strength, stability & flexibility the foot & ankle needs to function properly.
ACQUIRED FLAT FOOTOpen or Close
When the inner side of the foot or inner arch flattens.
The foot may roll over to the inner side (known as over-pronation).
It is often apparent if the heels of shoes wear out quickly & unevenly.
Over-pronation can damage your ankle joint & achilles tendon (the tendon at the back of your ankle) & can also cause shin pain.
Symptoms can include, pain, swelling, change in foot shape & knee pain or swelling.
David considers the biomechanics of the whole body including the lower limb, with the foot, to ascertain the cause & to provide appropriate treatment.
PLANTAR FASCITISOpen or Close
Biomechanical causes are the most common causes for plantar fascia pain & are likely to have been there for a long time.
These biomechanical factors are not always on the foot or even on the same side of the body & they may very with each person.
Costly orthotics may not be needed, if you can find someone to address some of the other contributing factors.
This is pain and inflammation in the plantar fascia, often under the foot.
The tough fibrous band of tissue that supports the arches of the foot & runs under the small bones from the underside of the heel & sole towards the toes.
Often, people who have plantar fasciitis describe it as a sharp pain, most often under the heel or instep of the foot.
It tends to be made worse by standing for long periods of time in poor footwear.
Sufferers commonly mention that it is worse when standing after being off their feet for a long time, & it can hurt more putting the foot on the floor first thing in the morning.
The sole of the foot can occasionally feel a little numb, tingly or swell slightly.
In some cases of plantar fasciitis, a small spur of bone can grow where the plantar fascia attaches & pulls on the heel which can cause a sharp pain.
SPRAINED ANKLEOpen or Close
Typically the result of a sudden twisting or "going over" on the ankle joint. More commonly it is the ligaments on the outside of the ankle, that are strained.
Typical symptoms are swelling, bruising, pain & instability of the ankle.
Sometimes an x-ray is required to rule out any fracture.
Rest, ice, elevation & compression are often advisable in the first 24 to 48 hours.
ACHILLES PAINOpen or Close
The Achilles tendon is formed by the tendon of the calf muscles, coming together & attaching onto the bone at the back of the heel.
Pain, inflammation or tendonitis in the Achilles, can cause pain & tightness in this area.
'he is committed to his patients and his goal is to address issues as quickly as possible'
David will explain to you what treatment you'll need, how to speed up your recovery & when you can return to your regular activities & sports.
He may prescribe special exercises together with treatment to increase your joint mobility & performance.
Together with stretching your muscle groups accordingly, strengthening weak muscles, to restore muscle balance.
‘I am now walking and living pain free for the first time in 3 years’
In regard to pain, David takes a thorough history with consultation, guiding his examination. This determines for any individual the quality, duration & origin of this condition, how it uniquely affects you & how best to provide treatment.
'I recommend him for any treatment, relating to muscular/skeletal issues. You will not be disappointed'