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Knee, Ankle & Foot Pain2020-06-10T09:15:37+10:00

Knee, Ankle & Foot Pain

Knee, ankle and foot pain is extremely common, often a result of sports injuries, strain or trauma. Discomfort or injury can impact physical activities or, in extreme cases, the ability to walk. The knee joint, in particular, is the most prone to injury as it is heavily relied upon in most sports or physical activities, while supporting the majority of the body’s weight.

Ice, heat and soft tissue treatment can generally help knee, ankle or foot pain. However, advanced soft tissue approaches and dynamic biomechanical assessments can help to further assess the different causes that contribute to recurrent lower limb pain.

Treatments like Active Release Technique (ART), Joint and NeuroMyoFascial Manipulation, as well as a functional movement analysis, can generally help to ease the symptoms of knee, ankle and foot pain.

Causes of knee, ankle & foot pain

  • Age
  • Sports injuries
  • Abnormalities in the bone or joints
  • Arthritis (osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout etc.)
  • Dislocation
  • Patellofemoral syndrome (knee)
  • Fungal skin or toenail infections
  • Cracked heels
  • Sprained ankle
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Workplace injuries
  • Trauma
  • Tendonitis
  • Sprained ligaments
  • Plantar warts (verrucas)
  • Metatarsalgia (ball of foot pain)
  • Plantar fasciitis (heel pain)
  • Calluses, corns and bunions
  • Stress fracture
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Joint infection

Other symptoms of knee, ankle & foot pain

People with knee, ankle or foot pain may experience the following symptoms:

  • Pain in the knee, ankle or foot
  • Tenderness in the knee, ankle or foot
  • Redness around the affected area
  • Swelling of the knee, ankle or foot
  • Stiffness when trying to move
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Limping when trying to walk
  • Locking of the knee
  • Trouble with knee motion
  • Problems with ankle motion
  • Inability or problems bearing weight on the knees, ankles or feet

Top tips for knee, ankle & foot care

  • Eear good, supportive shoes when walking or exercising
  • Maintain a healthy weight so as to avoid placing excess pressure on your joint
  • Avoid wearing stilettos or flat shoes
  • Train the muscles of your foot, ankle, shins, calves and up the kinetic chain right for your sport
  • Practice stretching and strengthening exercises
  • Utilise shoe inserts to improve posture only where necessary

Effective treatment of back pain

There are several measures you can take at home to help ease back pain, including:

  • Temporarily avoiding activities which place
  • strain on the back (including sports)
  • Using hot and/or cold packs
  • Maintaining a gentle exercise routine
  • Taking muscle relaxant and pain relief
  • medications

For persistent back pain, physical therapies such as Active Release Techniques, Musculoskeletal and Fascia Manipulation coupled with appropriate exercises are known to help ease pain and aid recovery. In severe cases, surgery may also be required.

Knee, Ankle and Foot Pain

Your knees, ankles and feet are the most actively used joints in your body and as such, an injury to some (or all) of them, or uncomfortable pain, can make even the easiest daily activities incredibly hard to accomplish

Foot, knee and ankle pain can inhibit physical activities and in extreme cases, even the ability to walk. The knee joint, in particular, is prone to injury. This is because it is used extensively in sports and physical activities, while being the joint that carries most of your body weight.

The leg contains a huge variety of bones, nerves, muscles and ligaments and as such, there is a large number of conditions and injuries that can have an impact on it. You could experience knee and ankle pain in the same leg, knee pain going to your foot and so much more in between. You could experience pain during the night while you sleep, during your exercises, or while doing work and this depends on the type of knee injury or condition that you are dealing with.

Most common causes of ankle, knee and foot pain

Because of the complicated nature of the structure of your leg, there are a wide variety of factors that could cause issues. From knee to foot pain, these are the most common causes of painful legs:

  • Age
  • Sports injuries
  • Abnormalities in the bone or joints
  • Arthritis (osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout etc.)
  • Dislocation
  • Patellofemoral syndrome (knee)
  • Fungal skin or toenail infections
  • Cracked heels
  • Sprained ankle
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Workplace injuries
  • Trauma
  • Tendonitis
  • Sprained ligaments
  • Plantar warts (verrucas)
  • Metatarsalgia (ball of foot pain)
  • Plantar fasciitis (heel pain)
  • Calluses, corns and bunions
  • Stress fracture
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Joint infection

Symptoms of pain

People with knee, ankle or foot pain may experience the following symptoms among others:

  • Pain in the knee, ankle or foot
  • Tenderness in the knee, ankle or foot
  • Redness around the affected area
  • Swelling of the knee, ankle or foot
  • Stiffness when trying to move
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Limping when trying to walk
  • Locking of the knee
  • Trouble with knee motion
  • Problems with ankle motion
  • Inability or problems bearing weight on the knees, ankles or feet

The best treatment for ankle, foot and knee pain

If you struggle with gradual knee and foot pain in the same leg or in both, there are a number of tips to try and improve your symptoms:

  • Wear good, supportive shoes when walking or exercising
  • Maintain a healthy weight so as to avoid placing excess pressure on your joint
  • Avoid wearing stilettos or flat shoes
  • Train the muscles of your foot, ankle, shins, calves and up the kinetic chain right for your sport
  • Practice stretching and strengthening exercises
  • Utilise shoe inserts to improve posture only where necessary

If, however, you have received a hard knock to a joint through sports or falling, or if you have an underlying health condition, then you should always contact a medical professional.

Physical therapies such as Active Release Techniques, Musculoskeletal and Fascia Manipulation coupled with appropriate exercises are known to help ease pain and aid recovery. In severe cases, surgery may also be required.

At Jurmaine Health, our aim is to get you back on your feet as quickly and as safely as we can through the appropriate treatment, whether you have a knee or an elbow injury. We also want to ensure that you stay healthy and that’s why we always recommend a good diet and teach you exercises and stretching techniques that help to strengthen your affected area in order to avoid future injuries and pain.

Knee, Ankle & Foot Pain

Knee, ankle and foot pain is extremely common, often a result of sports injuries, strain or trauma. Discomfort or injury can impact physical activities or, in extreme cases, the ability to walk. The knee joint, in particular, is the most prone to injury as it is heavily relied upon in most sports or physical activities, while supporting the majority of the body’s weight.

Ice, heat and soft tissue treatment can generally help knee, ankle or foot pain. However, advanced soft tissue approaches and dynamic biomechanical assessments can help to further assess the different causes that contribute to recurrent lower limb pain.

Treatments like Active Release Technique (ART), Joint and NeuroMyoFascial Manipulation, as well as a functional movement analysis, can generally help to ease the symptoms of knee, ankle and foot pain.

Causes of knee, ankle & foot pain

  • Age
  • Sports injuries
  • Abnormalities in the bone or joints
  • Arthritis (osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout etc.)
  • Dislocation
  • Patellofemoral syndrome (knee)
  • Fungal skin or toenail infections
  • Cracked heels
  • Sprained ankle
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Workplace injuries
  • Trauma
  • Tendonitis
  • Sprained ligaments
  • Plantar warts (verrucas)
  • Metatarsalgia (ball of foot pain)
  • Plantar fasciitis (heel pain)
  • Calluses, corns and bunions
  • Stress fracture
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Joint infection

Other symptoms of knee, ankle & foot pain

People with knee, ankle or foot pain may experience the following symptoms:

  • Pain in the knee, ankle or foot
  • Tenderness in the knee, ankle or foot
  • Redness around the affected area
  • Swelling of the knee, ankle or foot
  • Stiffness when trying to move
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Limping when trying to walk
  • Locking of the knee
  • Trouble with knee motion
  • Problems with ankle motion
  • Inability or problems bearing weight on the knees, ankles or feet

Top tips for knee, ankle & foot care

  • Eear good, supportive shoes when walking or exercising
  • Maintain a healthy weight so as to avoid placing excess pressure on your joint
  • Avoid wearing stilettos or flat shoes
  • Train the muscles of your foot, ankle, shins, calves and up the kinetic chain right for your sport
  • Practice stretching and strengthening exercises
  • Utilise shoe inserts to improve posture only where necessary

Effective treatment of back pain

There are several measures you can take at home to help ease back pain, including:

  • Temporarily avoiding activities which place
  • strain on the back (including sports)
  • Using hot and/or cold packs
  • Maintaining a gentle exercise routine
  • Taking muscle relaxant and pain relief
  • medications

For persistent back pain, physical therapies such as Active Release Techniques, Musculoskeletal and Fascia Manipulation coupled with appropriate exercises are known to help ease pain and aid recovery. In severe cases, surgery may also be required.

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