Ankle and foot pain is very common and there are many possible causes. Foot and ankle pain may be caused by an acute trauma or injury such as a ligament sprain, muscle strain or a fracture. Pain in the foot or ankle may also arise due to a biomechanical problem in the foot, ankle or leg causing issues such as plantar fasciitis or shin splints. Other conditions that may cause foot and ankle pain include Achilles tendonitis, Morton’s neuroma, bunion, arthritis, heel spur or Severs disease. Additionally foot and ankle pain can be referred pain from the lumbar spine or be a consequence of hip or knee problems due to altered gait. Given the many possible causes of ankle and foot pain an accurate diagnosis is essential for proper management or referral to another health professional if warranted.
The chiropractors at Southern Region Chiropractic Mittagong and Goulburn first focus on diagnosing the cause of a patient’s foot or ankle pain in order to determine the best evidence-based treatment approach. This diagnosis is made after the chiropractor has taken a detailed history and performed a thorough examination. Treatment may include joint mobilisation or manipulation, soft tissue release, dry needling, advice on pain relieving methods, ergonomic and activity modification advice, and the prescription of home exercises. The use of these techniques varies depending on the patient’s age, health and their personal preferences.