🦶🏻 Chronic foot and ankle problems can result from some of the most painful conditions.
Here are three tips to resolving foot and ankle pain.
➡️ Most individuals with chronic foot and ankle pain do not take it seriously and believe that the pain “will just go away”. Hope is not a good strategy to eliminating foot and ankle pain.
➡️ Ankle and foot problems many times do not have to involve receiving shots and surgery. Start with the most conservative treatment like physical therapy first.
➡️ Foot and ankle pain often begins with problems associated with imbalances in the low back, pelvis, hip, and knee. Proper strength, flexibility, range of motion and posture are imperative for proper foot and ankle function.
At our offices we see some of the most complex acute and chronic ankle problems. One of the most common threads of “non-healing” foot and ankle problems is a patient’s time that they have waited until receiving proper care. Conditions such as minor ankle sprains, plantar fasciitis, and Achille’s tendonitis all seem to become worse when a patient waits to see if the condition will heal on it’s own.
Another common thread is applying the RICE acronym. This stands for Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation, of a limb. Although this strategy may help to reduce pain upfront for very acute sprains and strains (1-2 days post injury), this strategy must be eliminated sooner rather than later so that the body is set up to begin natural healing.
Whether your goal is to walk without pain and movement dysfunction or run a marathon your success will be determined by how well your lower body performs individually as well as together.
If you have ankle/foot pain and want to consider if orthotics or something else will help you we will show you the way. Call us a one of our three offices, Fox Chapel, Cranberry, and Pittsburgh.
📞 Call(412) 794-8352 or physicaltherapynow.net
Following a weekend of wearing high heels, my sister has been griping about how painful her feet are. I’m glad you mentioned that getting shots and having surgery isn’t always necessary for ankle and foot issues. The most conservative course of treatment to take first is physical therapy. I’ll make sure to share this article with her because I think it’s possible that all she needs is to locate a specialist who can treat the condition effectively and quickly.
Thanks Elle for reading this post. Unfortunately, we tend to be drawn to attractive shoes and often these shoes become potential problems for the long term longevity of our feet. The good news is that a good pair of shoes for your feet does not have to be expensive. Price is usually related to fashion and popularity. Please tell your sister that she CAN wear heels but should do so sparingly so that she can have a “happy foot life” with little future foot problems:)! Thanks again!