Ankle pain can have some significant impacts on your daily life, as walking and weight-bearing become increasingly difficult. Ankle and foot injuries, if not treated correctly, have the potential to become chronic in nature. Not only that but ankle and foot injuries can also lead to problems elsewhere due to the body's compensation patterns.
The most common type of ankle/foot injury is an inversion sprain. This type of trauma can strain or tear ligaments around the ankle, creating instability in the ankle and foot joints. Other conditions of the ankle and foot include ankle sprains, fractures, plantar fasciitis, bunions, tarsal tunnel syndrome, and others.
Once we have ruled out any underlying disease or problem such as fracture, the most common causes of ankle/foot pain are mechanical in nature. Incorrect alignment and muscular imbalances of the ankle and foot are often common causes. Poor biomechanics like flat arches of the foot leading to over-pronation or even poor footwear can be major contributing factors. Mechanical instability from prior injuries can also lead to abnormal movement patterns leading to tissue irritation and pain.
At our office, we take a holistic approach to ankle pain. We treat your entire body and not just the ankle/foot itself, not just at the site of injury. We do this because there can be many remote factors contributing to ankle/foot pain, so it is essential we provide a comprehensive approach.
Our process involves a thorough examination process, we where will perform a range of orthopedic, neurological, and musculoskeletal tests in order to find out what is the problem. Sometimes we will call on imaging such as an X-Ray or High-Resolution Ultrasound examination, both of which can be done in the office and often on the first visit.
Once we have all of the information we need, we sit down with you to discuss our findings. From there we create a personalized treatment plan designed to help you recover naturally, if possible. Our treatment approach may include hands-on manual treatment from an Osteopathic Medical Physician or a Physical Therapist to help improve joint function and alignment. It may involve custom prescription rehab exercises and stretches to stabilize the foot and ankle mechanics. We might call upon medication or even an injection if necessary to ease pain and help you heal faster so you can perform the necessary therapies to correct the problem. We will also look at the lifestyle and biomechanical factors that have led to the injury and help you make modifications as necessary to prevent future instances.
In the end, our goal is to take a comprehensive non-surgical approach to care to get you back to the things you love without the risk or downtime of the invasive ankle or foot surgery.