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Foot & Ankle Pain

 

The feet & ankles contain over 30 joints which allow for the complicated movement of the foot. 

 

In normal walking the movement of the foot goes from internal rotation to external rotation, from flexion to extension, while the small movements of the joints, ligaments and muscles intricately move together to create a position that can bear weight while changing direction quickly. 

 

Common problems in this region are plantarfascitis, achilles tendinitis, stiffening of the toes, and ankle sprains.  Many clients may benefit from specific insoles, however, when functional analysis is done the posterior chain of one of the leg is often far tighter than the other and thus contributing toward calf tightness, achilles tendonitis and plantarfascitis.  

Foot & Ankle Related Conditions 

  • Mid foot dysfunction.

  • Achilles tendonitis

  • Plantarfasciitis.

  • Ankle sprains

  • Nerve entrapements.

  • Collapsing arches.

Treatment Techniques Frequently Used​

  • Myofascial release (the releasing actively or passively of the soft tissues contributing toward the problem).

  • Mobilisation for improved foot function.

  • Orthotics or heel lifts depending on structural issues noted.

  • Functional assessment.

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