Ankle and Foot Pain

Ankle Sprain

The most common injury to the ankle is an inversion sprain or "rolled ankle". An ankle sprain involves tearing or over-stretching of the ligaments, typically the lateral ligaments on the outside of the ankle. Treatment involves modalities to combat inflammation, along with manual therapy to restore normal ankle range and function. Proprioception and balance exercises are important to restore strength and stability to the ankle, and reduce the likelihood of recurrence. Be sure to contact us for assessment and treatment with our ankle physiotherapy right here in Nanaimo

Ankle fracture

An ankle fracture can typically occur in the same fashion as an ankle sprain. Brickyard physiotherapy clinicians are trained in diagnosing the difference between a fracture and a sprain, and will always refer you to your doctor in the event they suspect a fracture. Treatment for a fracture involves immobilising the ankle in a boot or cast for 4-6 weeks, followed by physiotherapy to regain full movement and function.

Achilles injuries

Common achilles injuries include achilles tendinopathy or achilles tendon rupture. Achilles tendinopathy is an overuse injury of the achilles, typically caused by biomechanical issues such as foot alignment and muscle imbalance, or environmental factors such as training intensity and poor footwear. Achilles tendinopathy is managed successfully with physiotherapy aimed at addressing any biomechanical or training issues, along with therapeutic exercise.

Plantar fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis presents as pain on the under-surface of your foot around the heel area. Symptoms typically include pain first thing in the morning or after sitting for prolonged periods and pain with prolonged walking or running. This is commonly caused by biomechanical issues relating to your foot alignment, and responds well to physiotherapy treatment.

Stress Fracture

A stress fracture is an incomplete fracture or crack in the bone. In the foot stress fractures are commonly seen in the metatarsal bones. Weight bearing activity (such as running) places load through the bones. When these loads are excessive or highly repetitive, bony damage can gradually occur over time, leading to a stress fracture.

Scans may be necessary to diagnose a stress fracture. Treatment will initially involve a period of immobilisation in a boot, followed by physiotherapy to restore range of motion and strength.

Physiotherapists are trained in assessing, diagnosing and managing foot pain of many causes, treatment may include footwear and activity guidance, exercise prescription, taping techniques and manual therapy techniques.

For more information contact one of our expert physiotherapists.