Common Conditions Related to Ankle or Foot Pain

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What is achilles tendinopathy?

Achilles tendinopathy is an acute or chronic injury to the achilles tendon, a very strong tendon connecting your heel to your calf muscles. Tendinopathy means an injury to the tendon and is often accompanied by pain, weakness, inflammation and decreased range of motion. Acute injuries are referred to as tendonitis while chronic conditions are referred to as tendonosis and both are common in overuse injuries with different protocols for treatment. The physical therapists at CityPT are skilled in treating all types of Achilles tendon injuries and will gladly assist you with getting back to doing what you enjoy most.

What is an ankle fracture?

Ankle fracture is injury to one or more of the three primary bones comprising the ankle joint. The outside ankle bone is the fibula and the inside bone is the tibia, which are the most common bones involved in an ankle fracture. The third bone is known as the talus and it is located between the tibia and fibula, creating the ankle joint. Average bone healing takes six weeks and to allow for proper healing, people will be casted or put in a boot. Walking in a boot or wearing a cast can cause a change in your normal movement patterns leading to issues in the ankle, knee, hip and low back. The licensed physical therapists at CityPT are experts in addressing any physical limitations that may have occurred during the healing process and will return you to optimal function.

What is ankle impingement?

Ankle impingement is defined as painful range of motion often accompanied by a "stuck" or "blocking" sensation felt in the ankle. This can occur in the front or back of the ankle. Ankle impingement can be insidious (no known direct cause), but is often correlated by frequent ankle sprains and overuse in poor movement patterns. Physical therapy is a great way to treat ankle impingement with proper joint mobilizations, stretches and strengthening. Your CityPT physical therapist will perform a thorough assessment to determine the cause of your limitations and help get you back to normal performance of your hobbies, sport, work and daily activities.

What is an ankle sprain?

An ankle sprain is an overstretching of one or more of the ligaments of the ankle which many people refer to as “rolling your ankle.” This type of injury also affects the muscles around your ankle. Skilled physical therapy is vital to foster proper healing and has been shown to be more effective than immobilization alone. Did you know one of the biggest risk factors of spraining your ankle is a history of prior ankle sprain? Your physical therapist at CityPT can help you correctly recover from an acute ankle sprain and guide you through the appropriate exercises to prevent future ankle sprains. If you suffer from recurrent ankle sprains, physical therapy can significantly improve your quality of life by properly addressing the muscles and ligaments that are affected after an ankle sprain and guide you through the proper mobility, balance, and strengthening exercises to return you to optimal function.

What is a bunion?

A bunion is the excess formation of bone at the base of the big toe. Some people do not have symptoms with their bunion, while others have significant pain in this joint. Physical therapy can assist in foot posture analysis to determine the level of treatment needed to address and/or prevent progressing bunion formation. Your physical therapist at CityPT will perform a thorough evaluation to develop a treatment plan tailored to your goals, limitations, and ability level to help you return to your desired activity level.

What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is characterized as sharp pain in the heel with weightbearing. This is commonly experienced with initial steps after a period of rest, for example standing and walking first thing in the morning. Heel pain typically decreases with activity but can increase with higher intensity activities or with prolonged standing tasks. The licensed physical therapists at CityPT have many techniques to decrease this pain and will perform an in depth evaluation to determine a proper treatment program tailored to you to treat your current impairments and prevent future heel pain.

What is turf toe?

Turf toe is a sprain to the ligaments of the big toe which is commonly caused by jamming the big toe or repeated forceful pushing off during activities like running and jumping. Often physical therapy is required to speed up recovery and restore prior level of function. CityPT therapists will evaluate your current condition and determine the best course of action to foster your return to pain free participation in daily life tasks, work, sport, and hobbies.