Foot or Ankle Pain

Causes of Foot or Ankle Pain

There are two main conditions associated with foot or ankle pain.

Achilles Tendonitis/Tendenopathy

This is a very common condition in runners and active people, although it can occur in those who are not. It normally presents with pain or aching around the tendon (near your heel) and the ankle joint. Achilles tendonitis can be further aggravated during and after activity, due to the tendon not having a good blood supply. This can slow the recovery especially if the condition is left untreated. The cause of achilles tendonitis is micro tearing in the tendon. This can be attributed to overuse, though just an increase in weight bearing on this tendon can lead to a similar problem without an increase in activity. Sometimes this may be due to problems elsewhere, causing you to shift your weight. This leads to an increase in stress on this tendon. Seeing an osteopath for treatment as soon as possible is important.  Unfortunately this injury can lead to an achilles tendon rupture with continued overuse if not treated.

Plantar Fasciitis

This is a condition where there is abnormal inflammation in the plantar fascia that is located in the arch of the foot. The fascia connects the inner aspect of the heel to the ball of the foot. The pain occurs between these two points. It is fairly common and is normally very treatable. Problems usual stem from poor foot mechanics and loss of the natural arch in the foot. This can be corrected when the underlying issue is rectified. Studies have shown that manual intervention can be beneficial in relieving symptoms. Your osteopath will also give you appropriate stretches and exercises to further speed up your recovery.