Ankle and Foot Pain – Physiotherapy Treatment for Effective Pain Relief
Experiencing ankle or foot pain that is preventing you from doing the things you love? You are not alone – Ankle and Foot Pain is a common ailment that affects people of all ages. These pains could arise due to pre-existing issues such as flat feet or injuries. Physiotherapy treatment for effective Ankle and Foot pain relief.
Ankle sprains are the most common ankle injury, occurring over 25000 times a day in the US. Ankle sprains are common in sports such a soccer, football, hockey or basketball and the severity of the sprain can range from a simple one that requires rest and ice, to a severe one where you need medical attention.
Ankle, Foot or Heel pain could make it a torture for you to take steps – making it difficult for you to walk for a long distance and preventing you from completing simple day to day tasks with ease.
If you’ve tried various methods for pain relief but can’t seem to find a lasting solution for your persistent ankle and foot pain – Core Concepts Singapore physiotherapy may have your answer. Other types of solutions such as painkillers and home remedies that only offer temporary pain relief, Physiotherapy treatment can provide you with a permanent solution to your ankle and foot pain without medicine or surgery. This is because we do not only treat the symptoms, but we also fix the underlying cause of your pain.
Get Better and Stay Better.
Ankle and Foot Pain Relief with our Physiotherapist.
What is Ankle and Foot Pain Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapists are experts in human anatomy and are experts in matters relating to muscles, bones, joints, tendons, and ligaments. Ankle and Foot Pain Physiotherapy aims to relieve pain and treat the condition through methods such as manual therapy, manipulation, and exercises. Physiotherapy does not involve any medication or surgery but our physiotherapists can refer you to a specialist and work closely with them if necessary.
It is important to seek medical advice from a physiotherapist to get an accurate diagnosis of your condition. Only after getting an accurate diagnosis, then will you be able to apply the appropriate treatment methods to resolve the pain. Instead of self-diagnosing and risking the chance of an inaccurate diagnosis, it would be better to consult with our physiotherapists.
Common Ankle and Foot Pain Conditions that we treat
Here are some common ankle and foot conditions – we can treat most conditions and can refer you to a specialist if necessary. Not certain of your condition? Come down for an assessment and we will help you figure it out.
- Ankle Fracture
- Gout (Inflammatory Arthritis)
- Tendonitis Ankle and Foot
- Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome – Symptoms of TTS include shooting pain, numbness, tingling or burning sensation in the foot
- Plantar Fasciitis (Heel/ Sole Pain)
- Sciatica often described as mild to intense low back pain that travels into the left or right leg
- Snapping Ankle or ‘Clicking’ Ankle (slipping peroneal tendon)
- Ankle Sprains and Strains
Physiotherapy Provides More than Just Immediate Ankle and Foot Pain Relief
Immediate Ankle and Foot Pain Relief – Getting Better
During your first session, your physiotherapist will run a thorough assessment to accurately determine the cause of your pain. After which, your physiotherapist will help to provide immediate pain relief through manual therapy, massage therapy by releasing tight knots or reducing the compression if necessary. This will ensure that you will walk out of our door in significantly less pain than when you first came to us.
Effective Ankle and Foot Pain Relief
Here at Core Concepts Singapore, we practice a value-based healthcare system – where we aim to maximize your rehabilitation potential. Our goal is to get you feeling better at the soonest with as few sessions as possible. During your first session, your physiotherapist will also find out more about your treatment goals and develop a treatment plan that is suited to your needs.
Lasting Pain Relief – Staying Better
Instead of only fixing the obvious symptoms, we dive deeper to find out the root cause of your pain and work on resolving that as well to ensure that the pain does not return. Your treatment plan will also include fixing the root cause of your pain to ensure that it does not relapse.
Better than Before
In some cases, we can maximise your rehabilitation potential. Going beyond what you were capable of doing before the incident. For instance, your pain could have only allowed you to walk for 500m or 10 minutes before needing to rest. Physiotherapy can help you to walk further with no discomfort.
Core Concepts – Ankle and Foot Pain Relief Specialists
Pain is more complicated than you think. Very often, the answer to what’s causing your pain is far deeper than what you expect. It is important to note that your feet are not an isolated part of the body – it can be affected by other parts of the body as well.
The human anatomy is an interlinked system of bones, muscles, joints, ligaments that help you to perform your daily functions. Thus, when one part of the body starts hurting, there is a possibility that the pain could be attributed to another part of the body. One simple movement such as taking a step forward involves not only the foot but also your ankle and knee. For instance, if your knee is injured, it could result in foot or ankle pain as you will not be able to take steps normally. This could result in additional pressure on the ankle or foot, causing a strain or pain. Or vice-versa.
Ankle and Foot Pain – A symptom, not a condition
Pain, like a fever, is a symptom and could be an indication of a multitude of problems. You could take medication to get rid of the fever, but without going to the doctor to get a proper diagnosis, you will be unable to find out the root cause of the fever. Without treating the root cause, the fever will likely return if your body is unable to heal itself. And the body has an amazing to heal and recover from a whole host of problems.
Likewise, pain is a symptom and you can temporarily relieve the pain through pain medication and hot compresses. However, without consulting a physiotherapist, you will not be able to find out the root cause of your pain and resolve it. And if your body cannot adequately heal itself, it often leads to chronic issues and long-term and deeper problems later on. Other times it doesn’t heal right like a broken bone not set properly. Your physiotherapist can help you do that.
The Thinking Physiotherapists
At Core Concepts Singapore, we understand the importance of diagnosing the root cause of the problem and treating that to prevent a recurrence. We are firm believers in ‘The Thinking Physiotherapist’ and acknowledge that pain is a symptom and has various layers. Our first step is to determine the root cause by digging deeper into the symptoms. We strip away the symptoms layer by layer to find out what is causing the pain. After determining the root cause, we resolve the multiple layers of pain you feel. Instead of just simply temporarily relieving your pain symptoms, we also aim to fix the underlying cause. From there, we work to ensure that your pain doesn’t return by making your body stronger and more functional.
Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Ankle and Foot Pain
- What can I do to prevent ankle sprains?
There are certain methods to lower your risk of ankle sprains – if you take part in sports or enjoy running, make sure you warm-up before exercising. This will reduce your risk of injuries greatly. Also, be sure to wear shoes with good support for the activities that you are using them for. Shoes with good support will help to absorb the shock of high impact sports such as running.
One can also make the choice to reduce the frequency of high impact sports and participate in lower impact sports like swimming instead.
- When do I need medical treatment for ankle pain?
There are various degrees to an ankle sprain. Most ankle sprains are simple and can heal on its own with care. If you have a simple ankle sprain that feels sore after falling or landing on your foot wrongly, simply perform R.I.C.E. However, if your ankle pain is so severe that you are unable to place weight on your ankle or if it is swollen and does not go away in a couple of days.
- What treatments are available for flat feet?
Flat feet in itself does not require treatment. Treatment is only necessary if you are experiencing pain in your foot. Our physiotherapists will firstly assess your foot to determine the cause of the pain and determine the most suitable treatment plan to resolve it. Treatment methods could range from manual therapy, exercise therapy or custom orthotics.
- Ankle sprains are common – do I have to see a physiotherapist for it?
Yes, it is best to see a physiotherapist when an ankle sprain occurs. If you do not treat the injury, you will be more prone to repeated ankle sprains, leading to further pain and disability.
- Treating Ankle Sprains
There are 4 ways in which ankle sprains can be treated effectively;
• Pain management – Rest, ice, compression, elevation, advice regarding anti-inflammatory medication
• Restoring full movement of the ankle joint
• Restoring full strength of ankle joint
• Restoring good single leg balance
Achieving each of these will be done by a variety of manual treatments, stretching and strengthening exercises Your physiotherapist will discuss your goals, time frames and training schedules with you to optimise you for a complete return to sports, work and daily activities.
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