Whether it be for work, running errands, exercise, or a leisurely stroll, the vast majority of us spend most of the day, every day on our feet, so foot and ankle pain can definitely disrupt your daily routine if it goes untreated.
There are a variety of reasons, both medical and non-medical, for why foot and ankle pain may occur, and our clinicians at ProMotion Health Care in Barrie are here to help. Our award-winning clinic is highly skilled in treating both chronic and acute foot and ankle pain, no matter the cause.
Why Do I Have Foot And Ankle Pain?
Foot and ankle pain may arise as a result of gout, osteoarthritis, or tendonitis, but not all foot and ankle pain is caused by an underlying medical condition. Pain can also originate from sprains and strains due to overuse, standing or walking for prolonged periods of time, and poorly fitting footwear.
Foot and ankle pain may not always be a daily occurrence, leading some suffers to mask the pain with medication as opposed to seeking treatment. Ignoring the cause of the pain will not only prolong your discomfort, it may also exacerbate the condition, making it more difficult to treat later.
Causes of Foot and Ankle Pain
- Arthritis: Inflammation of the joints, causing pain and stiffness.
Bursitis: Inflammation of the fluid-filled sacs responsible for cushioning the bones, tendons, and muscles near your joints.
- Achilles Tendonitis: Occurs from overuse of the tendon, the band of tissue that connects calf muscles to your heel bone.
- Achilles Tendon Rupture: Occurs when the Achilles tendon ruptures or snaps from overextension.
- Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction: When the tendon is unable to support the arch of the foot, resulting in flat feet.
- Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome: Ankle pain due to a compressed nerve.
- Plantar Fasciitis: Inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot, connecting the heel bone to the toes.
- Hallux Rigidus: Arthritis of the joint at the base of the big toe.
- Gout: A form of arthritis that occurs when too much uric acid crystallizes and deposits in the joints.
- Bunion: A painful, bony bump that forms on the joint at the base of the big toe.
- Hammer Toe: When the toe has an abnormal bend in the middle joint.
- Fracture: A partial or complete break in the bone from excessive force.
- Strains: Stretching or tearing of the ligaments that connect bones to joints.
- Sprains: An injury that occurs when the ankle rolls or twists.
Treatment Options for Foot and Ankle Pain
- Physiotherapy: Enhances range of motion, increases strength, improves balance, and alleviates pain.
- Acupuncture: Reduces swelling by increasing circulation and provides pain relief by stimulating the body’s natural analgesic response.
- Orthotics: Controls the alignment of the foot and provides cushioning and arch support to reducer discomfort.
- Ankle Brace: Provides support and prevents further injury.
Frequently Asked Questions
Ignoring foot and ankle pain will only cause the condition to progress, making it harder to treat in the future.
At ProMotion Health Care, we use several modalities to treat foot and ankle pain including physiotherapy, acupuncture, orthotics and bracing. These treatment options may be offered as a single service or, collaboratively depending on the severity and cause of your pain.
Healing time varies from person to person and is based on a variety of factors such as the cause and severity of the pain, activity level, and lifestyle.
Tired of living with foot and ankle pain? Contact our clinic in Barrie to schedule an appointment today. We look forward to serving you!