Ankle and Foot Pain
Are you suffering from Achilles Tendonitis?
Achilles tendinitis is a common condition that causes pain along the back of leg near the heel. The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body. It connects your claf muscles to your heel bone and us uses when you run an jump. Although the Achilles tendon can withstand great stresses from running and jumping, it is also prine to tendinitis. A condition associated with overuse and degeneration.
Ankle Sprain Rehabilitation
The following protocol is designed to strengthen and increase the flexibility of the muscles surrounding the ankle, which should decrease the chances of incurring another ankle sprain. Most ankle sprains involve the ligaments on the lateral (outside) aspect of the ankle. On the lateral portion of the ankle there are three ligaments which help stabilize the joint. They are the anterior talofibular, calcaneofibular, and posterior talofibular ligaments. These ligaments resist the most common mechanisms of injury to the ankle of inversion (rolling your foot in). On the medial (inside) of the ankle there is one broad fan-shaped ligament called the deltoid ligament. This ligament resists eversion (rolling your foot out) of the joint.
What Is It?
Plantar Fasciitis is the pathology that relates to pain and strain in the sole of the foot caused by overuse or improper use of the plantar fascia- a strand of ligaments running from the heel to the balls of the foot. Plantar Fasciitis is most often related to pain and discomfort in the bottom of the foot, especially in the first part of the morning or after strenuous use such as working or jogging. Plantar Fasciitis is common in many people, especially middle-aged people such as athletes and others who spend a lot of time on their feet.
Proper Foot Care
Did you know that the average person walks nearly 10,000 steps per day ? In a whole lifetime, that equates to roughly 115,000 miles on your feet. Not everyone takes the time to make a check-up on their feet every single day, but studies have proven that daily foot care can help to reduce and prevent diabetes, circulatory disorders, and even amputation risk. From a periodic pedicure to shoe selection and health education, there are many things that can be done to prevent, control, and do away with foot problems altogether.
Ankle Pain Education
All of our lives begin from the ground up! When speaking in terms of the human body, this means that we have a functional dependency on the ankle, it is what connects the rest of our body to the earth. The ankle is one of the most commonly used/abused and under-appreciated joints of the body is the ankle; we don't appreciate its true value until it begins to pain us.
"All the physical therapists at Peak were great and encouraging. Even when my ankle hurt more they helped me push through and now I have no pain. Thank you so much!"
C. Scott - 6/26/12