Ankle and Foot Pain

Our feet and ankles support our mass—our weight and the related pressure we put on these bones, muscles, and joints when standing, walking, running, and jumping. Their constant workload can lead to overuse and injury.

Both feet and ankles are prone to sudden injury—including both sprain and fracture—during sports or from missteps while walking, as well as from repetitive injury from the actions of daily life. Issues with gait and stance can affect both the ankles and the feet. Poorly fitting footwear and conditions including diabetes, arthritis, tendonitis, collapsed arches, and plantar fasciitis can also cause pain in the feet.

The feet and ankles are a complex, interconnected system. The hinged joint of the ankle and its related muscles connects the lower leg to the very mobile foot. The feet contain a large number of small bones—nearly a quarter of all the bones in the human body—and a surprising variety of small muscles.  Determining the location of pain and the reason for it is key for treatment.

Feet and ankles respond to a combination of treatments, often including manual physical therapy and exercise to relieve pain and to increase strength, stability, and mobility.

The source of the pain will dictate the treatment. Physical Therapist Shane Bauer will assess and diagnose the pain source and create a treatment plan using a variety of complementary therapies that can include hands-on manipulation and muscle loosening, specialized techniques such as Dry Needling and The Graston Technique, and education and instruction in exercises to restore strength and mobility. Each treatment plan will be tailored to the needs of the individual.

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