Foot and Ankle Pain affects movement due to a combination of issues with your muscles, tendons, ligaments and nerves.
Foot and Ankle pain ranges from an annoying niggle that comes and goes, to stronk pain that stops you walking.
Sometimes these problems resolve with time, rest or exercise. More often the problem doesn’t get better properly and feels stiff, painful or vulnerable so that you are afraid of getting back to normal activities. This is when a professional opinion and treatment is really helpful.
Untreated, these pains can go from short easy to fix problems, to long term and harder to fix problems. Nobody likes taking pain killers or contemplating surgery. It’s important to choose a treatment which is safe, effective and proven thousands of times over all over the world.
We've already dealt with some of the common causes such as trauma and posture. However, let’s dive in a little deeper to see which foot and ankle conditions Osteopathic care provides a safe non surgical solution for:
This gives pain at the back of the ankle, typically worse for walking, especially uphill. Fraying and tearing of the tendon leads to swelling and pain. In extreme cases the tendon can break.
The big toe turns in and gets very sore at the joint where it meets your foot. This is nearly always related to back and hip issues.
A layer passes across the sole of your foot from front to back. If this gets overloaded from posture etc, it can become very very sore and even lead to painful bony spikes where the fascia meets the heel.
This is where you turn over your ankle, damaging the ligaments of the ankle. It tends to happen repeatedly, as the ligaments get more damaged and offer less support.
Our bodies are designed to carry our weight as nature intended. This is just common sense, but not so easy to fix!
An Osteopath will only use their hands and brain to skilfully and logically assess your symptoms. We train for many years to feel what is normal and what is in trouble, and Osteopathy is a fantastic method for getting your body back in tip-top shape again.
We don’t use machines or ask you to do endless exercises that you find difficult and don’t help. We just get your body working properly by aligning and relaxing everything, and getting the parts talking to each other. Treatment is typically very gentle and relaxing. Healing comes naturally without drugs or surgery. With foot trouble we will work on the foot but also on your back, hips and knees to make sure everything is working properly.
This means you can be well in a truly natural way, by in the end the miracle of your body healing itself.
And here's the best bit... By fixing the root cause of your problems, frequently people find that related issues that are connected also show drastic improvement, so you get help with all sorts of issues you didn’t even realise were connected.