Physiotherapy of Feet and Ankle
Our feet and ankles are pivotal in keeping the rest of the body stable and mobile, as they absorb the impact of walking, running and jumping. They ensure that we can stand without putting unnecessary pressure on other muscles or joints. The feet contain almost a quarter of the body’s bones, as well as hundreds of connective ligaments and tendons. Combined with the complexity of the ankle joint, both are very susceptible to injury, with the ankle being the most commonly injured joint.
We want to help keep you on your feet with our extensive knowledge and treatment options for feet and ankle pain. Like with any other part of the body, you should listen to your feet and notice the changes feel.. Are your feet feeling more fatigued? More sore? More swollen? Regardless of the issue, Physiotherapist will be able to help you!
Ankle and foot injuries can be commonplace, especially when participating in sports and physical activity.
Swellings and pains when moving are key symptoms of a foot or ankle injury, especially when they are not able to adequately support the weight of the body. Fractures as a result of over training can also be common and can worsen if not properly taken care of.
BIOMECHANICS OF THE FOOT AND ANKLE
Alignment of the feet and ankle have significant ramifications for not only foot and ankle health but, reducing the risk of knee, hip and spinal complications. It can affect posture as well as our functional movements such as walking and running. Pes planus or ‘flat feet’, refers to the arch of the foot being reduced. Pes planus is not only a visual ailment of the foot but means that the rest of the body has an unstable base, which alters the alignment through the knee and hip.
This misalignment changes where the nature of forces are placed through our joints, which can lead to many complications throughout the lower limb and back. Physiotherapist are professionals in identifying abnormal movement patterns and providing strategies to correct any insufficiencies.
Some Example of Feet and Ankle Injuries are:
- Fracture of the ankle
- Dislocation of the ankle and foot
- Ligaments injury
- Achille’s tendinopathy
- Achille’s rupture
- Plantar fasciitis
- Navicular stress fracture
- Lisfranc injury
- Hallux limitus/rigidus
- Hallux Valgus
As we spend so much time on our feet, an injury to the ankle or the foot itself can severely limit our day-to-day lifestyle, in addition to our fitness.
Rest and keeping weight off the foot is the best way to help recovery. Strapping tape or other forms of ankle support can assist in reducing the likelihood of reinjuring, as the added stability ensures that the ligaments and tendons aren’t over extended.
The correct fitting shoe can also ensure a reduced risk of injury. Most running shoes add support to both the ankle and sole of the foot. Regular physiotherapy appointments and right form of exercises for the ankle and foot can be strengthened. This will definitely improve support and stability of the rest of the body.
In conclusion, Physiotherapy For Feet and Ankle is readily available at Effective Physiotherapy & Fitness Clinic
Book an appointment with us today at Effective Physiotherapy and Fitness Clinic for your permanent solution to that feet and ankle pain. Please call 0803 436 5055 or 090 860 4470