While the foot is a small part of the body, it is a complex body part. There are a variety of conditions that can cause foot pain including overuse, injury or conditions causing inflammation like arthritis. Here’s a list of some common causes of foot pain:
Achilles tendinitis is an overuse injury of the Achilles tendon. Pain is often felt above the heel. There may also be tenderness or stiffness.
The fluid-filled cushions that protect the joints become irritated and inflamed and decrease the foot’s ability to absorb shock. The joints also cannot move smoothly. There may be pain in the heel of the foot, ball of the foot or base of the big toe joint. Bursitis in the foot can be due to aging, sports injury or a sudden twist of the foot or ankle.
Arthritis is the progressive wearing down of the articular cartilage cushion that lines the joint.
Common injuries and ailments affecting the foot and ankle range in complexity from simple sprains to injuries that affect multiple structures.
A bone spur is a tiny pointed outgrowth of bone, and this can occur in the foot. Bone spurs can be caused by arthritis and tendinitis. They are common around the heel bone of the foot and can cause foot pain, numbness and tenderness.
Physical Therapy for Foot Pain
We will identify the root cause of the pain and provide a treatment plan that treats the whole body as a movement system. A thorough evaluation is done by a physical therapist, an individualized treatment plan is developed, which targets the injury.
While some treatment may include stretching and strengthening other physical therapy modalities may include: massage, ultrasound, electrical stimulation and cold and heat treatment. All of these methods reduce inflammation, reduce pain and improve mobility.
Overall, physical therapy is a multi-faceted science that has been proven effective for patients with foot and ankle pain.
Ready to start physical therapy for your foot pain? Contact us today to schedule a one-on-one consultation. We’ll create a personalized treatment plan designed just for you. Let Physical Therapy help you get back on your feet!