Our feet carry us from here to there everyday and most of us don’t give it a second thought. However, when pain arises in this area, it greatly limits our capability of performing everyday tasks. Similar to the hand, the foot is made up of an intricate configuration of structural components; each foot has 28 bones and over 30 joints. Pain in this region can be caused by injury, repetitive stress (i.e. running or sports), and even improper footwear. For instance, shoes restrict the natural movement of many joints in the foot and can lead to arthritis. Women who wear high-heels are at greater risk of developing foot issues. Foot and ankle issues need to be addressed as it can also lead to secondary problems in the knees, hip and/or lower back.
Signs & Symptoms of Foot/Ankle Pain
- Inability to put weight on the foot and/or ankle.
- Inability to stand or walk straight.
- Inability to twist/rotate the ankle.
- Numbness, tingling and/or burning pain in the foot.
- Pain on the bottom of the foot between the ball and heel.
- Swelling, redness and/or fever.
Causes of Foot/Ankle Pain
- Improper Footwear
- Repetitive Stress
- Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
- Plantar Fascitis
- Lumbar Radiculopathy
- Morton’s Neuroma
- Rheumatoid Arthritis