Like any joint in the body, the ankle is susceptible to pain or injury. Foot pain and ankle pain can have a big impact on patient quality of life, impairing the ability to comfortably carry out essential functional tasks which involve walking and standing.
We have set out below 3 starter exercises for dealing with foot pain and ankle pain.
The ankle is made up of three bones, which sit together in a structure known informally as a “mortise lock joint”. The two bones running the length of the lower leg (the tibia and the fibula) encapsulate the bone at the top of the foot (the talus).
The foot is a complex anatomical structure, consisting of 26 bones and 33 joints. Between the bones of the ankle and the foot there are multiple ligaments to keep this structure stable, as well as muscles which help to move the foot in different directions. Notably, the muscles located in the calf play an essential connected role, as these strong, powerful muscles are responsible for propulsion movements such as walking, running and jumping.
Depending on the nature of the pain and the history of the condition, symptoms can vary. Trauma, such as “rolling the ankle”, will often lead to pain and swelling with feelings of instability over injured ligaments.
Other common symptoms include:
Pain in the foot is often related to trauma or overuse. Some examples of common issues affecting the foot and ankle are:
Your Home Physio will carry out a physical examination, which will enable them to assess the cause of your pain or problem. This will include consideration of your functional abilities, including standing, walking, standing on tip toes and foot posture (e.g. high arches, low arches and any associated issues). Your Home Physio will work with you to develop a tailored treatment plan.
Treatment of your foot or ankle pain will depend on the findings of your physiotherapy assessment. Treatment options include:
If you are looking for a local home physiotherapist to assist you with your foot pain or ankle pain, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us for a consultation. Contact us on the form below, phone 0208 659 7252 or email - firstname.lastname@example.org