Treating Your Ankle and Foot Pain - Olathe Chiropractic

Treating Your Ankle and Foot Pain

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A woman that is in running gear and is sitting in a running trail. She is holding her ankle that is in pain.

Nothing moves you to the sidelines as quickly as foot pain. When sharp and severe irritation sets in, it can be a major chore just to get out of bed in the morning. But, why does your ankle and foot pain happen? Injuries, tendinitis, neuropathy, and issues that develop with walking can all cause your feet or ankles problems. There are often common causes of your pain, and ones that we can help fix with simple lifestyle changes and rehabilitative therapies.

 

Ankle and Foot Pain Symptoms

“Foot pain” or “ankle pain” are very vague terms that do not specify a specific problem, but symptoms. Pain in either the ankle or the foot is a sign that something is not right. Pain itself is a symptom your body has in order to tell you something is amiss with your health. Getting foot pain or problems with your ankles can happen simply from being on your feet too much or from improper footwear. However pain can also come from your daily habits, sports or exercise, chronic conditions, your nutrition and more.

 

Commonly, injuries are the culprit for ankle and foot pain. The two usually go hand in hand. Foot pain can cause you to walk differently, which may start to cause you ankle pain from the lack of moving your foot like normal. Patients will generally start to notice symptoms such as:

  • Chronic pain
  • Acute pain that will come on suddenly or over time
  • Swelling of the ankle, foot or toes
  • Aching arches or flattened arches
  • Thickened pads of skin on the bottom of the foot/feet
  • Pain that is triggered by activity (but also sometimes by rest)
  • Redness
  • Inflammation that is visible to the eye
  • Deformations or bumps along the bones
  • Irritation that appears in the ankles, feet or toes
  • Prickling or burning sensations
  • Neuropathy issues such as numbness or tingling

A close-up view of a patient having their foot examined by a medical professional. The professional is touching the foot in the metatarsal area.

Common Issues with the Feet and Ankles

There are many reasons why symptoms such as these could happen. The most common types of ankle and foot issues in patients are ones that can be fixed with the right care. If you have recently gotten new shoes and are starting to feel foot pain, the shoes are likely the issue. You always want a shoe that gives your toes about a centimeter of space (or just under) between the toes and the edges. They should be thick-soled supported shoes, especially if you do sports, exercise or are on your feet a lot.

Poor shoes, plus being active can mean ankle and foot pain or even injuries. A common problem with some patients is Morton’s Neuroma. Over time, you may notice foot pain that sets in and become worse. It can make you feel like you have a broken foot with how chronic the pain becomes. The common sensation with Morton’s Neuroma is feeling like you’re very painfully walking on a marble. The neuroma is an area where tissue grows larger around nerves between the bones in your foot. That inflammation and nerve growth causes the pain.

 

Injuries can easily cause inflammation and foot pain as well. Fallen arches and plantar fasciitis both involve this. The ligaments that hold up your foot can become inflamed and damaged, causing pain when walking. These are just a few example. Other common causes of ankle or foot pain include:

  • Bunions, which are bony bumps that form in the bone on the outside of the big toe area.
  • Plantar warts, or warts on the bottom of your foot
  • Diabetes neuropathy from damaged nerves
  • Corns, calluses and bunions
  • Toe growth disorders like claw foot or hammer toe
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Gout
  • Diseases of the bones
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Fractures
  • Rheumatoid arthritis or degenerative joint disease

A middle-aged blonde woman that is sitting on a medical gurney in an office speaking with a medical professional. The professional is examining her foot and ankle. In the forefront is an x-ray of the foot.

Treating Your Ankle and Foot Pain

Many problems with the foot and ankle can be treated with proper changes in daily habits. Do you wear heels all the time? Consider flat-soled shoes with support. Do you wear socks? Doing so can help the skin to not rub off, and will help you avoid athlete’s foot and bacterial growths. Runners and joggers should invest in proper footwear made specifically for running. Athletes need to have footwear that is made for the sport they do. Insufficient rest time between activities can cause foot and ankle injuries.

 

If you take medications, make sure to check labels to see if foot pain is a side effect. A way to treat foot problems naturally without medications is to try rehabilitation therapies. As soon as an injury happens, get into the office for a sports injury assessment. This, plus the customized physical therapy plan can get you back to training as quickly as possible. Some patients will need custom-made orthopedic inserts to help with specific foot problems or nerves (like with Morton’s Neuroma). Deep tissue massage can help relieve stress while reducing pain the feet. We also alfo vibration therapy to encourage fractures deep in the foot or ankle to heal.

 

Get Up and Running Again

You don’t have to have chronic symptoms to get help for foot and ankle issues. Often, it’s better to have problems looked at when they are small but recurring instead of when a major injury happens. If you notice there is something off with your feet or they are always killing you towards the end of the day, get a consultation to prevent an injury. Call Olathe Chiropractic today at (913) 732-0087 for that free consultation today!

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