Foot and Ankle
At a glance;
- Ankle sprains, fractures, post orthopaedic surgery rehabilitation, Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, shin splints, calf muscle strains are all successfully rehabilitated at Elizabeth Street Physiotherapy.
- Comprehensive Assessment and Treatment Plan with hands on stretching and mobilization to restore your movement and relieve your pain.
- Biomechanical Assessment of your running using iPad Video Assessment to assess your problem and track your progress.
- We ensure that your muscular conditioning is back to your level of competition and lifestyle with specific exercise and rehabilitation programs.
- We provide you with orthotic prescription assistance.
The more complex, the more things can go wrong. It is the same in the foot with so many bones, ligaments, tendons, muscles and fascial attachments, it is understandable that injuries can occur. At Elizabeth Street Physiotherapy we have a breadth of experience with the foot and ankle, with specialist orthopaedic surgeons referring to us. We can help you get both feet back on the ground.
Plantar Fasciitis – Common foot heel injury
- Pain usually sharp under the foot.
- Worse with weight bearing.
- First steps in the morning often very painful ‘feels like stepping on glass’ or noticed straight after sitting for a while. Acute pain improves within a few steps as it warms up.
- Fullness, tightness and swelling under foot.
- Pain becomes more constant over time.
- Can be associated with heel spur pain.
Plantar Fasciitis – A common Foot/Heel Injury
- Plantar Fascia is a thick fibrous band of soft tissue extending from the heel to the base of the toes
- It’s drawstring like action allows the bones to be pulled together to form a strong platform for our muscles to push off with when walking or running but then relax to allow the bones to loosen to conform to the contour of the ground when we land.
Main Causes include;
- Poor biomechanics – (flat feet) overstretch the band causing microtearing inflammation and pain.
- Muscles that control the arch can weaken to allow extra tension to occur on the plantar fascia.
- Sudden trauma especially with high impact, jarring and running sports.
- Changes in running routines.
- Changes in shoe type.
- Persistent, tight calf muscle and Achilles tendon.
Our Physiotherapists provide a comprehensive assessment of your injury with biomechanical assessment of your walking/running to determine arch function, muscle contraction, ankle movement and whether orthotic prescription is required.
Stretching, mobilization and muscle strengthening/conditioning ensures a successful return to your sport or activity.