Med1Care Therapy Partner’s physical therapists specialize in the treatment of foot and ankle pain. With an intricate web of muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones that bearthe full weight of the body, the foot and ankle are particularly prone to injury.
Foot and ankle pain may present on either side of the ankle, on the bottom of the foot, middle part of the foot, front part of the foot, on the outside edge of the toenail, or along the Achilles tendon, which connects leg muscles to the heel.
Foot and ankle pain is commonly accompanied by the following symptoms:
- Black-and-blue bruising
- Burning sensation
- Difficulty propelling forward from the toes
- Flattened arch
- Joint deformity
- Muscle weakness
- Numbness or tingling
- Pain when standing
- Skin changes, such as thickening
Reasons for Foot & Ankle Pain
Many issues can cause foot and ankle pain. The condition may arise from problems with one of the 33 joints in the foot or problems with the soft tissues that surround the joint, such as the ligaments, tendons or bursae.
Some of the common triggers of foot and ankle pain include:
- Movement, particularly overdoing it
- Lack of movement for long durations
- Poor fitting footwear
Even with careful attention to your foot or ankle injury, it’s common to wake up with some swelling, stiffness or pain—particularly if you have been active.
Read more about foot and ankle pain here.
How We Can Help
If you are suffering from foot and ankle pain, our experienced physical therapists can help you decrease your pain, improve your mobility and regain your quality of life.
Med1Care Therapy Partner’s experienced therapists are trained in treating foot and ankle issues (foot and ankle physical therapy). Your treatment plan will include assistance with reparative exercises that increase your strength, improve your range of motion and provide supportive education that will speed your return to regular activities. We will partner with your physician to help you build a road to recovery.
Call us at 419.866.0555 to schedule a consultation.
Our specialists will help you chart a course forward.
Even a mild injury can feel quite painful initially. To decrease foot and ankle pain at home, consider the following types of self-care:
- Take it easy and keep the weight off your foot or ankle.
- Ice the area for 15 minutes, three times a day.
- Apply a compression bandage to decrease swelling.
- Elevate the foot above the heart to decrease swelling.
While low levels of foot and ankle pain often respond well to home treatment in two to five days, you should visit your healthcare professional if your foot or ankle is severely painful or swollen, accompanied by deformity or an open wound, non-weight bearing or fails to show signs of improvement. Infection indicators, like a fever, also require medical attention.