A great deal of joint cooperation needs to occur for the foot to function properly. Something we all probably don’t think about normally. The foot during walking is at the mercy of the function of the lower limb. In addition, there can be intrinsic misalignment that can occur or functional adaptation. So… Ankle and/or foot pain is usually a matter of control, or loss of control.
The majority of people with flat or misaligned feet will never experience any pain or symptoms in their feet. However, they will eventually develop pain or symptoms somewhere in their body. In children this can show up as “growing” pains or shin splints. In adults, it can appear as chronic pain to knees, hips and/or back. Once the anklebone slips from its natural alignment on the heel bone this alters the foundation of the body. The knee twists, the leg is pulled from the hip, the pelvis tilts, and this creates a strain on the back.
Goals to restore foot stability
Our overall goal with the foot is to restore stability to the foot and mobility to the toes and ankle. There are many conditions that can be causing your pain. Our care will be tailored to your specific problem and will include the following:
- Rapid pain relief
- Rapid control of swelling (rest, ice, compression, elevation)
- Taping and bracing as needed
- Patient education with complete patient involvement
- Development of a home treatment program
- Joint and soft tissue mobilization to restore motion
- Stability strength training
- Mobility exercises for range of motion
To learn more about treating foot and ankle injuries, go to Heel Pain Institute of America or Laurel Foot & Ankle Center or Northern Foot & Ankle Associates.