Foot pain, Foot injuries, Foot muscle pain

Foot pain

The foot is a highly detailed and intricate part of the body, with close relationships between the many bones, ligaments, tendons and other soft tissues. A problem in one area of the foot can quickly lead to problems not only elsewhere in the foot, but also the knee, hip and lower back.

Like the hand, the foot is a very intricate and proper testing is needed. We strain and stress all the structures (like muscle, tendons, ligaments, joints, etc.) to determine what needs to be done. We don’t simply treat the symptoms, our goal is to identify, address and correct the underlying cause of the problem to get you back on your feet as soon as possible.

The foot is an amazing anatomical structure. One quarter of all the bones in your body are in your feet. Each foot contains 28 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments, 10 muscles; and over 250,000 sweat glands that produce as much as 250mls of sweat per day.

Our professional experience with foot pain

Pain in the heel are the most common foot pain we treat. This is usually due to shortening of the calf muscles that pull on the heel bone (calcareous).

We play a vital role in accelerating the healing of metatarsal fractures, assessment and mobilization of joints. We have made significant improvement with patients suffering from plantar fascitis (pain in the heel and arch of the foot, very stiff and uncomfortable in the morning or after rest), to metatarsalgia (pain under the ball of the foot, especially painful after a period of walking/running).

Common foot injuries we treat:

Symptoms of foot injuries

Mild

  • Pain in the arch of the foot
  • Limping
  • Pain after activity
  • Stiffness in the morning
  • Swelling

Moderate

  • Bleeding in arch of foot
  • Unable to put weight on foot
  • Pain at rest
  • Unable to move the toes

Dangerous

  • Numbness, Pins & Needles in toes
  • Sharp electrical pain shooting into the calf and shin
  • Skin colour changes in the toes (blue or redness)

Diagnosis

Physiotherapist are trained to test and examine the intricate structures in the foot. We will be able to guide you if further investigations are necessary and send you for any necessary scans that may clarify the problem.

Our Physiotherapist will determine if X-rays, Sonar, CT-scan or MRI is necessary to determine the cause of your foot pain.

Foot injuries – Initial treatment

PRICE protocol

KEY ACTION

P – Protect
Protect the ankle by taping, splinting or using a brace to
prevent pull on the injured ligaments.
Using crutches with partial weight bearing will rest the
ligament and aid in the healing.
Crutches will help you to get around without
putting weight on your ankle.

R – Rest
Using crutches with partial weight bearing will rest the
ligament and aid in the healing.Crutches will help you
to get around without putting weight on your ankle.

I – Ice
This reduces pain & inflammation and speeds up the
healing process. For at least the first 3 days or until
the swelling goes down, apply an ice pack for
20 minutes every two hours.
Always keep a towel between the ice and your skin
(to prevent a clod burn), and press the ice pack
firmly against all the curves of your ankle.

C – Compress
This can be done either with taping or tube grip bandage
and helps to control swelling.In our experience, ankle
taping/ strapping is much more effective at preventing
certain ankle movements compared to generic ankle
braces.

E – Elevate
Elevation during rest periods also helps to control
swelling, bruising and promote healing.
Raise your ankle above the level of your heart
for 15 minute intervals during the day.

Foot Pain can be …

Foot Pain Treatment

  • Acute injury treatment
  • Ultrasound
  • Medications
  • Soft tissue massage
  • Electrotherapy treatment
  • Laser (Low Level Laser therapy)
  • Acupuncture & Dry Needling
  • Heat packs (Thermal therapy)
  • Kinesiology Tape
  • Rigid Strapping or taping
  • Neurodynamics (Nerve tissue mobilizations)
  • Dynamic Strapping
  • Strengthening exercises
  • Guided loading protocol
  • Stretches (Static, dynamic and ballistic)
  • Moon boot
  • Brace
  • Compression Bandage or Sleeve
  • Supportive strapping and taping
  • Biomechanical Analysis
  • Gait Analysis
  • TENS

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The foot is a highly detailed and intricate part of the body, with close relationships between the many bones, ligaments, tendons and other soft tissues. A problem in one area of the foot can quickly lead to problems not only elsewhere in the foot, but also the knee, hip and lower back.

Like the hand, the foot is a very intricate and proper testing is needed. We strain and stress all the structures (like muscle, tendons, ligaments, joints, etc.) to determine what needs to be done. We don’t simply treat the symptoms, our goal is to identify, address and correct the underlying cause of the problem to get you back on your feet as soon as possible.

The foot is an amazing anatomical structure. One quarter of all the bones in your body are in your feet. Each foot contains 28 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments, 10 muscles; and over 250,000 sweat glands that produce as much as 250mls of sweat per day.

Our professional experience with foot pain

Pain in the heel are the most common foot pain we treat. This is usually due to shortening of the calf muscles that pull on the heel bone (calcareous).

We play a vital role in accelerating the healing of metatarsal fractures, assessment and mobilization of joints. We have made significant improvement with patients suffering from plantar fascitis (pain in the heel and arch of the foot, very stiff and uncomfortable in the morning or after rest), to metatarsalgia (pain under the ball of the foot, especially painful after a period of walking/running).

Common foot injuries we treat:

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Mild
  • Pain in the arch of the foot
  • Limping
  • Pain after activity
  • Stiffness in the morning
  • Swelling

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Moderate
  • Bleeding in arch of foot
  • Unable to put weight on foot
  • Pain at rest
  • Unable to move the toes

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Dangerous
  • Numbness, Pins & Needles in toes
  • Sharp electrical pain shooting into the calf and shin
  • Skin colour changes in the toes (blue or redness)

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Physiotherapist are trained to test and examine the intricate structures in the foot. We will be able to guide you if further investigations are necessary and send you for any necessary scans that may clarify the problem.

Our Physiotherapist will determine if X-rays, Sonar, CT-scan or MRI is necessary to determine the cause of your foot pain.
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Key Action
P Protect Protect the ankle by taping, splinting or using a brace to prevent pull on the injured ligaments.
R Rest Using crutches with partial weight bearing will rest the ligament and aid in the healing.

Crutches will help you to get around without putting weight on your ankle.

I Ice This reduces pain & inflammation and speeds up the healing process.

For at least the first 3 days or until the swelling goes down, apply an ice pack for 20 minutes every two hours. Always keep a towel between the ice and your skin (to prevent a clod burn), and press the ice pack firmly against all the curves of your ankle.

C Compress This can be done either with taping or tube grip bandage and helps to control swelling.

In our experience, ankle taping/ strapping is much more effective at preventing certain ankle movements compared to generic ankle braces.

E Elevate Elevation during rest periods also helps to control swelling, bruising and promote healing.

Raise your ankle above the level of your heart for 15 minute intervals during the day.

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  • Acute injury treatment
  • Ultrasound
  • Medications
  • Soft tissue massage
  • Electrotherapy treatment
  • Laser (Low Level Laser therapy)
  • Acupuncture & Dry Needling
  • Heat packs (Thermal therapy)
  • Kinesiology Tape
  • Rigid Strapping or taping
  • Neurodynamics (Nerve tissue mobilizations)
  • Dynamic Strapping
  • Strengthening exercises
  • Guided loading protocol
  • Stretches (Static, dynamic and ballistic)
  • Moon boot
  • Brace
  • Compression Bandage or Sleeve
  • Supportive strapping and taping
  • Biomechanical Analysis
  • Gait Analysis
  • TENS

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