The foot has 26 bones, 33 joints, and dozens more muscles, tendons and ligaments, that have to function optimally in order to endure the ten thousand steps we take everyday.
Most common on the outside of the foot (caused by the foot rolling inward). This extremely common condition is one of the most mismanaged injuries. Recent research (2015) has shown that the worst thing you can do is ice and rest a sprained ankle! Instead, early strengthening exercises, and mobilization/manipulation, are the best treatments. If you think you’ve sprained your ankle, or are worried about an old chronic ankle injury, get it looked at as early treatment is your key to recovery.
A common condition that causes pain on the heel (plantar surface) of the foot. You might be suffering from plantar fasciitis if your first few steps in the morning are very painful! Plantar fasciitis is like tendonitis in the sole of the foot. Effective treatment should involve aggressive soft tissue work, strengthening exercises, and in some cases, acupuncture and corrective orthotics.
Arthritis in the foot usually causes a sharp pain on the top of the foot. Typically not painful when the foot is off the ground, and very bad when standing or walking. Effective treatment should involve joint mobilization/manipulation.
Neuropathy / Sciatic Pain
Sometimes pain in the ankles and feet is the symptom of a more serious problem. Only a thorough assessment can determine the cause of your pain, and the best treatment options for you.
When Receivnig Treatment Remember:
Feet are designed to take abuse… because of this, they need to be worked on aggressively. Heat packs and machines may feel good while they’re on, but do nothing to correct the underlying problems. While our treatment options vary based on the clinical diagnosis,they generally include a combination of; acupuncture, manual therapy (mobilization/manipulation), Active Release Technique, and custom exercise plans.
Custom Orthotics can also be cast and modified to your specific foot condition, if necessary.