Foot + Ankle Pain

Foot and Ankle Pain Relief Minnetonka & Wayzata, MN

Our feet bear the brunt of everything we do in our daily lives when we’re upright. They absorb the shock impact of all of the steps, stumbles and heavy jogging strikes that we ask of them. And, of course, we often “ask” this while wearing high heels, or other footwear with virtually no support where it’s needed.

In fact, the lower part of our body is such a complex interplay of bones, tendons and joints that it shouldn’t be a surprise when some sort of problem eventually shows up. You probably won’t be able to “outrun” some level of ankle or foot pain in your lifetime, whether you’re a sports junkie or a couch potato. Ironically, both a very active lifestyle and an extremely sedentary one can lead to foot and ankle pain, and aging is often a factor as well.

What types of conditions can be helped with our treatments?

With the legs’ tibia and fibula bones coming together at the ankle and arching over the foot’s talus bone, problems in your feet can influence ankle pain, and vice versa — as well as put stress on your knees, and throw off hip and spine alignment. For that reason, the number of problems addressed by physical therapy relating to feet and ankles is fairly substantial. Conditions include:

  • Ankle mobility issues
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Sprained ankles
  • Collapsed arches
  • Arthritis of foot, ankle, and big toe
  • Sports injuries
  • Post-surgical rehabilitation

Why is our therapy different?

Foot and Ankle Pain Relief

Dr. Natalie Miller is specially trained to evaluate the entire lower body in order to determine where the problem lies, as well as what needs to be “fixed.”

Because the foot is made up of so many tiny bones and muscles that must work perfectly together, much of your treatment will be focused on restoring proper joint and muscle movement, then increasing the strength of the intrinsic (small) muscles of the foot. In addition, you will be instructed in proper ankle strengthening and proprioceptive exercises.

In addition, we can also evaluate your gait – running or walking – to determine what is contributing to the problem, and what small things can be recommended to restore your pain-free function. Learn more and schedule your running assessment here.

For more information, or answers to your questions, contact us today at Wayzata & Minnetonka, MN Centers. Or if you’re ready to get started, click here to schedule an appointment.

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