Foot & AnklePhysical Therapy for Foot and Ankle Injuries
Foot & Ankle Injuries
Because the ankle is such an intricate joint, it can be difficult to self-diagnose an ankle injury. A lot of patients we see have attempted to “walk it off”, which can lead to complications, further injuries, and even scar tissue. If you’re concerned that you may have badly injured your ankle, or the pain is lasting for more than a week, it’s time to call a physical therapist.
Common ankle injuries include:
- Ligament sprains or tears
- Tendon sprains or tears
- Muscle strains
A sprained ankle can happen when you twist, roll, or otherwise pull your ankle in a direction beyond what is normal. There are ligaments (tough bands of tissue, not muscle) that help stabilize your ankle, ensuring proper movement and alignment. When you move your ankle in a way that is awkward or counter to its natural range of motion, you can stretch, tear, or “sprain” the ankle ligaments. Most sprained ankle injuries occur when the ligaments on the outer side of the ankle are stretched or torn.
Depending on the severity of the injury, the ligaments may heal within a week, or they may require surgery. If you’re still experiencing pain or reduced range of motion after spraining your ankle, it’s time to talk to a physical therapist. After evaluating your injury, a treatment plan can be recommended.
A heel spur is bony deposit that develops over time when calcium deposits build up on the bottom of the heel bone. This buildup could be caused by repetitive weight-bearing movements, such as running or jumping, as well as foot strains or tears on the membrane over the heel bone. Many people have no symptoms from their spurs. However, others develop chronic pain and swelling in the area, which may become greater during activity. While surgery may be necessary for very bad heel spurs, non-invasive treatments, such as physical therapy to stretch the area, can significantly reduce symptoms.
Foot & Ankle Physical Therapy in Portland OR and Vancouver WA
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