Foot and ankle pain can be caused by a variety of issues including ankle sprains, stress fractures, plantar fasciitis, morton’s neuroma or achilles tendinopathy. Details of some of these conditions are provided below:
Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of pain and inflammation in the sole of the foot, commonly located around the heel and arch of the foot. The plantar fascia is a connective tissue band that stretches from the heel to the toes. Pain is worse when you start walking or after prolonged periods of rest, for example, getting out of bed in the morning. Some people may feel symptoms ease when they start moving but others may feel an exacerbation. Other factors such as activity levels, footwear and previous injury may contribute to symptoms.
Ankle sprains can occur following a twisting injury and the symptoms vary depending on what direction the ankle twists and the degree of the trauma. Swelling and pain are the most common symptoms and treatment will look to resolve movement, strength and stability as early as is appropriate.
Achilles tendinopathy is as a result of an irritation of the achilles tendon due to overloading, repetitive strain or trauma. The achilles tendon is the connection between the heel bone and the calf muscles. Walking, running or jumping activities require the achilles tendon to act like a spring to propel the body. Multiple factors can contribute to overloading in this area including exercise routines or imbalances in the body. Typical symptoms include swelling, redness of the area or even a sensation of heat can be felt.
An initial consultation with a physiotherapist will include an assessment to diagnose the root cause of the issue. We can also offer gait assessments to further analyse your foot and ankle function. The treatment that is provided will be personalised to your needs, looking to progress you back to full function and activity.