Ankle and foot issues are an extremely common cause of pain in sporting and non-sporting people alike. Complaints of ankle and foot stiffness, pain, swelling or other deformity are the reason many patients decide to seek medical help.
Ankle injuries are typically caused by either a sudden traumatic event or an overload of the structures in the area over a longer period of time. Ankle sprains, strains or fractures are often associated with a single event. Stress fractures, plantar fasciitis and ankle tendinopathy injuries are typically caused by an overload of the structures in the ankle and foot region.
Here at Owen Feeney Athletic Therapy, we have had many successes treating patients suffering from various presentations of ankle injuries. The first step of this process is to take a thorough history to determine the root cause and exact location of the pain. It is key also to determine the mechanism of injury for each patient and their own aggravating and easing factors. Following on from this, patients will go through a physical examination. This would typically include an assessment of movement, pain and tenderness of the joints in the surrounding area.
When the relevant information is gathered from patients, the second step on the journey can begin. This step will often include the prescription of movements and exercises, as well as hands-on therapy if necessary. These exercises and treatments are tailored to each individual based on their own requirements, there is no one shoe fits all approach to sorting out your foot/ankle injury!