Did you know that foot and ankle injuries impact millions of Americans each year? Sometimes it’s a trauma like a sprain that brings people into the doctor’s office, while others may be experiencing new pain, stiffness, swelling or suffering from various deformities or conditions. Many of these individuals are diagnosed and treated for minor foot conditions, such as bunions, flat feet, plantar fasciitis, heel pain, etc. and others are treated for more severe conditions or injuries. Here are three common foot and ankle injuries:
Typically, plantar fasciitis symptoms are described by someone as feeling severe pain in the heel and when taking their first few steps out of bed in the morning. Once the fascia band on the bottom of the foot has time to stretch, the pain will often subside significantly but will continue to flare up again after each time that it is rested. A diagnosis of plantar fasciitis means you have inflamed the tough, fibrous band of tissue (fascia) connecting your heel bone to the base of your toes. Plantar Fasciitis is one of the most common foot and ankle injuries in adults. Nearly two million patients are treated for this problem each year.
The Achilles Tendon runs lengthwise down the back of the ankle and connects the two primary calf muscles to the bone in the heel. It is the largest tendon in the body and is particularly susceptible to inflammation because of overuse. Of particular concern with people suffering from Achilles tendonitis is tear and/or rupture. This type of ankle injury is painful and may require surgery and Physical Therapy to treat.When we don’t listen to our body and continue to overuse “through the pain,” eventually we may hear a “pop”, and this is no good!
The bands of connective tissue that provide stability and strength to joints by attaching bones to other bones are called ligaments. In the ankle, ligaments keep the joint stable and from moving too far from side to side. When a sprain happens, one or more ligaments have been stretched too far or torn. High ankle sprains are among the most common foot and ankle injuries which affect the lateral (outside) ankle ligaments.
With these or other painful foot conditions, there are a few common denominators that help contribute to the foot and ankle injuries:
- Improper Shoe Selection
- Shoes that don’t fit correctly
- Lack of proper arch support
As with any foot and/or ankle injury, I recommend that you see a podiatrist or your primary care physician to ensure what you’re developing doesn’t get too serious. I’m not a doctor nor do I diagnose. But that doesn’t mean I can’t help you. I’ve worked with many clients with plantar fasciitis and other painful foot conditions and after their foot assessment and orthotic fitting, they’re back on their feet again enjoying life to the fullest. If you have any questions about your specific condition, please call or email me and let’s schedule an appointment.
Bryan Acheson, CPed – (303) 981-3999 – [email protected]
Serving Colonial Heights, Chester, Hopewell, Petersburg, Chesterfield, Midlothian & the entire Richmond Metro Area