Foot and Ankle Therapy
Ankle sprains are so common among active people, most ankle injuries happen during sports activities or as simple as walking on an uneven surface which can lead to an ankle fracture or sprain. Studies show that 80% of people who have ankle or foot injuries will have a re-injury at some point. Most ankle sprains can sometimes be a result of hip and low back weakness.
Common Type of Foot and Ankle Problems
Turf Toe – A sprain to the ligaments of the big toe joint. It is quite common among professional athletes.
Plantar Fasciitis – aka plantar fasciitis, a strain of the flat band of the tissue connecting a person’s heel bones to their toes. People dealing with this affliction complain of heel pain due to the band becoming weak, swollen, or otherwise irritated.
Bunion – Causes the big toe to turn towards the second toe, resulting in both pain and discomfort
Achilles Tendonitis – When the Achilles tendon becomes inflamed
Achilles Rupture – When the Achilles tendon is separated or tears. This typically happens due to a sudden, forceful action in the calf area.
Broken Ankle – This is when one or more of the bones in the ankle is broken.
Foot and Ankle Stress Fractures – Stress fractures are tiny breaks in the bone that usually occur because of repetitive stress to the area.
Depending on the patient’s condition, gait training, balance, strengthening, and mobility exercises will be provided by the physical therapist at JC Physical Therapy. Home exercises and other plans are developed for patients and designed for each patient’s condition.