Ankle / Foot Pain

Ankle and Foot Pain

Achilles Tendon Pain

Achilles tendon pain is a common overuse injury caused by repetitive movement and impact such as jumping and running. This can lead to a sudden injury, or in the worst case, can cause a rupture of the Achilles tendon. In both cases, a lack of flexibility or a stiff Achilles tendon can increase the risk of these injuries. Morning pain is one of the main symptoms because the achilles tendon must tolerate full range of movement. Symptoms are typically localized to the tendon and the immediate surrounding area. Physiotherapy can help with the diagnosis of your pain, treatment, management plan and a rehabilitation program to help reduce your pain and improve your activity.

Call Muscle Strain / Tear

Calf muscle strain injuries occur commonly in sports involving high-speed running or increased volumes of running load, acceleration and deceleration as well as during fatiguing conditions of play or performance. A calf strain is a common muscle injury and if not managed appropriately there is the risk of re-injury and prolonged recovery. Muscle strains commonly occur in the inside head of the calf muscle. The calf muscle is more susceptible to injury as it is a muscle extending over the knee and ankle. Sudden bursts of acceleration can precipitate injury as well as a sudden eccentric overstretch of the muscle involved. Symptoms of a calf strain can include a sudden sharp pain or a stabbing or tearing sensation at the back of the lower leg. The calf muscle will often be tender to touch at the point of injury and swelling and bruising may appear within hours or days. Stretching of the muscle will reproduce pain and walking or going up onto tip toes will reproduce pain at the site of the muscle strain. Physiotherapy can help with the diagnosis, treatment, management, and rehabilitation of your calf strain.

Plantar Fascitis

Plantar fasciitis also known as plantar heel pain is an irritation to the plantar surface of the foot most commonly felt toward the heel. The most common causes are increasing a sudden increase to the amount of activity or impact, a change in a type of footwear or an increase in body weight through excessive eating over time or pregnancy. Symptoms include heel pain with the first steps in the morning or after sitting for long periods. It is often described as if walking on fire or glass. Other symptoms may include pain when the area is touched, limited ankle range of motion with a tight feeling in the calves, altered walking mechanics with most of your weight toward the toes, pain is usually worse on hard surfaces or climbing stairs. Physiotherapy can help with the diagnosis of your pain, treatment, management plan and a rehabilitation program to help reduce your pain and improve your activity.

Ligament Sprain

An ankle sprain is where one or more of the ligaments of the ankle are partially or completely torn. Ankle sprains usually occur after rolling the ankle whilst the foot turns inward causing the ligament to stretch and tear. Symptoms can include tenderness, swelling and bruising on either side of the ankle, the ability to only partially weight bear on the foot, movement the ankle in the same direction it rolled to will reproduce and increase pain symptoms. physiotherapy can help with the diagnosis of your pain, treatment, management plan and a rehabilitation program to help reduce your pain and improve your activity.

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