Foot and ankle pains
What are foot & ankle pains?
Foot and ankle pains can often be niggles which can come and go without needing any prescribed treatment, but there are symptoms which necessitate seeking medical help.
These symptoms include: the changing of skin colour, especially if turned blue or black, the infection or ulceration of the skin, increased swelling, changes to the shape of the foot, the impairment of the skin’s blood flow, the gradual worsening of pain and the persistence of pain for a period of over three months.
If you have an existing medical condition such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis or scleroderma, and experience a new foot or ankle problem, there is good reason to seek the help of a medical professional.
What causes foot & ankle pains?
There are many different causes of persistent foot and ankle pains. Heel pain could be caused by plantar fasciitis, achilles tendonitis, bursitis or a heel fracture; toe pain could be caused by an ingrown toenail, bunion, broken toe or gout; pain in other areas of the foot could be caused by a sprained or fractured metatarsal, flat feet, tendonitis or osteoarthritis, plantar fasciitis or Morton’s neuroma; ankle pain could be caused by a sprained ankle, bursitis, Achilles tendonitis or a broken ankle.
Treatment options for foot & ankle pains
With its ability to improve blood flow and ease muscle tension, acupuncture can be an effective treatment for foot and ankle pains. In particular, it can address conditions such as plantar fasciitis and osteoarthritis.
Manipulations and soft tissue massage techniques performed by an osteopath can help to relieve foot and ankle pains, including those caused by plantar fasciitis.
Physical exercise programmes can focus on stretching the muscles in the foot, promoting flexibility. Exercises aimed at strengthening the muscles can also be recommended by a physiotherapist.
Pilates sessions are able to improve your posture and balance, while also strengthening your foot and ankle.
A podiatrist can help to address a number of conditions which could be causing foot and ankle pains, including abnormalities, deformities and infections.
Yoga sessions which stretch the foot and its arch can help to promote flexibility and improve range of motion in the feet. Yoga can help to treat heel spurs and plantar fasciitis.