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Ankle/Foot Pain

Ankle/Foot Pain

Foot pain can result from a variety of causes, from muscle injury to nerve pain. No matter the source, trouble walking can be a hindrance in day-to-day life, and you’ll want to solve the problem as soon as possible. To begin treating your foot pain so that you can feel your best, you’ll want to reach out to a doctor and get down to the root of the problem. 

Types of Foot Pain

Plantar Fasciitis results from inflammation across the bottom of your foot, and it will feel like a stabbing pain near the heel. According to the Mayo Clinic, the pain is normally the worst in the morning when you first begin to walk, or after you first get up from sitting. However, standing for long periods of time can also cause pain. 

There are a number of ways to treat plantar fasciitis, but a physical therapist can help you learn to stretch and strengthen the affected muscles to lessen the pain. Other, non-surgical options include night splints to help stretch the muscles while you sleep or wearing arch supports. 

Achilles Tendinitis occurs when the Achilles tendon becomes irritated and inflamed. The Achilles tendon is important for activities like jumping and running, and tendonitis can begin to occur in the area if it is overused or damaged. Treatment for tendinitis will differ based on severity, but physical therapy from a trained specialist can be a good option for relieving pain. 

Metatarsalgia refers to pain and inflammation in the ball of your foot. Metatarsalgia can result from deformities, improperly-fitted shoes, or from exercises like running and jumping. Ice and rest will often relieve metatarsalgia at home, but if symptoms are severe or continue for more than a few days, you’ll want to have it examined by a doctor. 

Bunion Pain is the result of inflammation in a deformation in the joint at the base of your big toe. According to Harvard Health, bunions are most common in women, especially if they have a profession which involves a lot of standing and walking. Bunions often don’t fit correctly into shoes, which can put pressure on the joint and lead to pain and inflammation. 

Sprained Ankles are a common injury, and can be caused by as little as a wrong step. When you sprain your ankle, the ligaments in the area are stretched or torn. If symptoms are mild and begin to improve soon after the injury, then rest at home may be enough for it to heal. Take time to ice and elevate your ankle. If the pain or swelling is severe or you’re unable to walk without difficulty, you may wish to have it looked at by a doctor. 

Reaching Out For Help

Regardless of the cause of your pain, a quick diagnosis is the first step to getting back on your feet again. To learn more about personalized relief for your foot pain, contact one of our expert physicians for a FREE consultation at Motus Integrative Health today! 

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