Foot & ankle pain
Foot and ankle problems can be frustrating. They affect you're ability to walk, stand, and do much of the things we love. The foot is a very complex part of the body comprised of 26 bones and numerous tendons and ligaments that we rely on every day. Whether you’re dealing with a foot fracture or a less common issue, our physical therapists can help.
Possible Causes of Foot and Ankle Pain
Achilles Rupture: The Achilles tendon is a strong fibrous cord that connects the muscles in the back of your calf to your heel bone. If you experience an Achilles tendon rupture, you might feel a pop or snap, followed by an immediate sharp pain in the back of your ankle and lower leg.
Achilles Tendonitis/Tendinosis: Achilles tendonitis is inflammation of the Achilles (uh-KIL-eez) tendon, the band of tissue that connects calf muscles at the back of the lower leg to your heel bone.
Broken Ankle: The three bones in the ankle joint take a pounding every day. There are similar fracture rates overall between women and men, but men have a higher rate as young adults, while women have higher rates in the 50 to 70-year age group. Treatment for a broken ankle depends on the exact site and severity of the fracture.
Bunions: A bunion is an abnormal, bony bump that forms on the joint at the base of your big toe. This big toe joint becomes enlarged, forcing the toe to crowd against your other toes.
Jones Fracture: A Jones fracture is a serious injury occurring near the base of the bone and disrupting the blood supply. An ankle-twisting injury may tear the tendon that attaches to this bone and pull a small piece of the bone away.
Metatarsalgia: This condition is marked by pain and inflammation in the ball of your foot. You may experience metatarsalgia if you’re physically active and your feet are impacted by running and jumping, or by wearing ill-fitting shoes.
Plantar Fasciitis: Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. It involves pain and inflammation of a thick band of tissue, called the plantar fascia, which runs across the bottom of your foot — connecting your heel bone to your toes.
Sprained Ankle: A sprained ankle occurs when the ligaments are forced beyond their normal range of motion. This unnatural movement can stretch or tear the ligaments that help hold your ankle together.
Stress Fractures of the Foot & Ankle: Stress fractures are tiny cracks in a bone. They are caused by the repetitive application of force, often by overuse, and can arise from normal use of a bone that’s been weakened by a condition such as osteoporosis.
Turf Toe: Turf toe is a sprain to the ligaments around the big toe joint, which works primarily as a hinge to permit up-and-down motion.
Contact our clinic to learn how we can help resolve the cause of your foot pain. We proudly serve patients of Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania, as well as those in Adams Township, Beaver, Economy, Freedom, Mars, Pittsburgh, Sewickley, Seven Fields, and surrounding areas.