CALL US TODAY 574-498-8474

Foot and Ankle Pain

Are You Experiencing Discomfort Or Pain In Your Ankles Or Feet That Are Hindering Your Ability To Walk, Run, Jump, Descend Stairs, Or Carry Out Your Daily Tasks At Work Or Home?

Is This Description Resonating With You?

We Are Here To Help You Discover Long-Term Solutions For Your Ankle And Foot Discomfort!

Our expertise extends to treating the following common ankle/foot conditions:
  • Arthritis
  • Ankle Sprain
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Posterior Tibial Tendinopathy
  • Achilles Tendinopathy
  • Midfoot Pain
  • Morton’s Neuroma

The Most Common Causes

  1. Impaired Mechanics: Joint stiffness or decreased muscle flexibility can result in a limited range of motion. Weakness and muscle imbalance can also contribute to compromised joint stability.
  2. Injuries: Rapid impact or excessive stress on the tissues can lead to injuries.
  3. Chronic Compensations: Previous injuries or fear of potential harm may lead to avoiding specific muscle groups during exercise while overburdening other tissues.

Freedom Physical Therapy and Wellness Approach

Our approach at Freedom Physical Therapy and Wellness aims to address foot and ankle pain comprehensively using the following strategies:

  1. Break the Pain Cycle: We prioritize patient education to help you understand the underlying causes of your pain. Through manual treatments and techniques, we aim to improve tissue mobility and alleviate discomfort.
  2. Enhance Mechanics: We focus on improving the mechanics of the affected joints, muscles, and nerves. This involves assessing and optimizing movement patterns during your daily functional activities and specific exercises or sports-related movements.
  3. Tissue Loading: We gradually increase the load on the tissues to enhance their strength, power, and endurance. This helps prepare the tissues to meet the demands of daily activities and prevent the risk of re-injury.
  4. Consider the Whole Body: We take a holistic approach by examining the possibility that foot pain may be a symptom originating from another region of the body. By looking “upstream,” we assess any potential contributing factors or dysfunctions in other areas that may be influencing your foot pain.

Our goal is to provide you with a comprehensive treatment plan that addresses the root causes of your foot and ankle pain, allowing you to regain mobility, function, and overall well-being.

Treatments for the Ankles and Feet

To address ankle and foot concerns, we offer a range of effective treatments designed to promote healing and restore functionality. These include:

  1. Tissue Inflammation Reduction: We employ techniques such as bracing, taping, and targeted massage to alleviate tissue inflammation.
  2. Tissue Mobility Enhancement: Our approach involves instrument-assisted mobilization, cupping, dry needling, and stretching to improve tissue mobility and flexibility.
  3. Core, Hip, and Knee Control Improvement: By focusing on enhancing core stability and control of the hip and knee, we can reduce irregular forces acting on the ankles.
  4. Calf and Intrinsic Foot Muscle Strengthening: We provide exercises and strengthening protocols to target the calf muscles and intrinsic foot muscles, improving their strength and stability.
  5. Range of Motion Restoration and Joint Nourishment: Our treatments aim to restore a complete range of motion in the ankles and feet while promoting joint nourishment for optimal function.
  6. Balance and Single-Limb Control: We incorporate exercises and techniques to enhance balance and single-limb control, improving stability and reducing the risk of further injuries.
  7. Progression of Plyometric and Functional Activities: As part of the rehabilitation process, we gradually introduce plyometric and functional activities such as jumping, running, cutting, squatting, and climbing to restore full functionality.
  8. Aerobic/Endurance Conditioning: We address the endurance aspect through appropriate aerobic conditioning exercises tailored to your specific needs.
  9. Footwear Recommendations: We provide guidance on selecting appropriate footwear that supports and complements your treatment goals.

By combining these comprehensive treatment strategies, we aim to optimize your recovery, improve your overall ankle and foot function, and assist you in returning to your desired activities with confidence.

Important Concepts to Understand

To gain a better understanding of your condition and treatment process, it’s crucial to be aware of the following concepts:

  1. Tissue Healing: Our bodies have a natural ability to heal, but sometimes the healing process gets stuck in the inflammatory phase. In such cases, external assistance is necessary to progress toward the recovery phase and promote tissue healing.
  2. Discomfort vs. Imaging Results: It’s important to note that the true cause of discomfort may not always correlate with the findings on X-ray or MRI imaging. Tissue injuries visible on imaging may not necessarily cause pain or functional limitations, while pain can be present without apparent abnormalities on imaging. This discrepancy can often be attributed to nerve tissue oversensitivity.
  3. Post-Exercise Soreness: Experiencing soreness after exercise is not necessarily a cause for concern. It is a normal response to training and can indicate the initiation of strength improvements. When tissues experience micro-damage during exercise, they heal and become thicker and stronger. Monitoring soreness helps determine if the tissue is ready for increased load, if it should be maintained at the current level, or if training intensity should be reduced until the tissue is adequately prepared.
  4. Return to Activities: With appropriate education, proper mechanics, and gradual tissue loading, it is typically possible to return to previous or desired activities. By understanding how to optimize movement mechanics and implementing a progressive loading plan, individuals can often regain their functional abilities and participate in activities they enjoy.

By embracing these concepts and working closely with our healthcare professionals, you can enhance your understanding of the healing process and take steps toward a successful recovery, enabling you to return to the activities you desire.

Don't Delay Any Longer