Knee, Ankle & Foot Pain2018-09-26T16:34:08+00:00

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 & 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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