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Types of Foot or Ankle Pain Foot and ankle pain can come from a variety of sources. • Foot or Ankle Sprain: A sprain happens when the ligament, the tissue that connects one bone to another, is stretched or torn. A sprain can also happen when there is damage to a joint capsule, the part of the ankle or foot that adds stability to the joint. Symptoms of sprains include pain, inflammation, muscle spasm or sometimes an inability to move your foot or ankle. • Foot or Ankle Strain: Strains happen when there is damage to the muscle or the tendon, the tissue that connects muscle to bone. Strains usually happen when the muscle suddenly contracts while it is stretched, like when you run or jump. The symptoms of strains are similar to those associated with sprains, making them difficult to tell apart without doing an MRI or ultrasound. • Plantar Fasciitis: On the bottom of your foot connecting your heel bone to your toes is a thick band of connective tissue called your plantar fascia. If the plantar fascia has too much tension on it, small tears begin to appear causing inflammation. This inflammation sends sharp, stabbing pains through your heel with every step, especially first thing in the morning. This condition, called plantar fasciitis, is common in runners, people who are obese or anyone who spends a lot of time on their feet while wearing non-supportive shoes. Causes of Foot or Ankle Pain. Whether you trip, fall, step in an unexpected hole, or twist your foot or ankle "wrong", foot or ankle pain from a sprain or a strain is often the result of an injury or event. However, foot or ankle pain is often the result of an underlying weakness in the muscles of the foot or leg, not just the result of an incident or accident. People who sprain or strain the ligaments, tendons or muscles in their feet or ankles often find that they are continuously re-injuring that part of their body. Fortunately, this does not have to be the case. How are foot and ankle pain treated? Compression and Elevation. If it is not possible to walk more than two or three steps without pain or if the joint looks out of place, it is important to visit

a doctor as soon as possible. However, within a few hours of compression wrapping and elevation, most people notice that the swelling begins to subside and they can carry on with most of their daily tasks with minimal discomfort. However, this initial treatment of a foot or ankle sprain does not help strengthen the area and prevent injury in the future. Physical Therapy. Physical therapy is designed to relieve the pain of a foot or ankle problem, improve the range of motion, and strengthen your muscles. A physical therapist will show you proper ways to stabilize your foot or ankle. This may include using orthotics in supportive shoes, wrapping your injured foot or ankle or using other modalities for pain relief such as electrical stimulation, ultrasound therapy or massage. They will also show you therapeutic exercises that target the muscles that keep the foot or ankle supported. Whether you injured your foot or ankle, need diabetic foot care or have been dealing with plantar fasciitis for a long time, physical therapy at ZPT is the answer to achieving long-term relief. Contact us today to schedule a consultation or to find out more information about how physical therapy can help relieve your foot or ankle pain. Sources: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/plantar- fasciitis/symptoms-causes/syc-20354846 https://www.active.com/fitness/articles/5-exercises-to-prevent-an- ankle-injury https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/the- method-you-learned-for-treating-an-ankle-or-knee-sprain-is-probably- wrong/2016/05/27/f32e86ca-8c9b-11e5-ae1f-af46b7df8483_story. html?utm_term=.df84322e8ab9


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