Foot & Ankle Physio
When doing ankle physio at our Oakville physiotherapy centre, we see a wide variety of injuries which affect the ankle including acute, chronic, traumatic, overuse or repetitive stress. With a traumatic injury such as an ankle sprain, or post-immobilization from a fracture we will help you safely regain your range of motion and proprioception, work on gait retraining, and muscle strengthening to help prevent secondary complications from these injuries, while safely returning you to your regular activities of daily living.
What causes ankle strains that require ankle physio?
The most common overuse injuries we see that require ankle physio are “shin splints”, tendinitis in the tibialis anterior or tibialis posterior muscle or tendinitis in the achilles or peroneals. These injuries result from repetitive abnormal forces placed on the ankle and lower leg. Overuse of the muscle leads to tension, micro-tears and inflammation in the tendon, plus weakness in the stabilizing muscles of the core and pelvis. These conditions may require ankle physio and foot physio, and often affect runners, and those starting a new activity program. If workout intensity or distances are increased too quickly, or if improper, worn out footwear is used these injuries can arise as well.
Ankle strains and foot physio treatment
With foot physio treatment, initially you need to stop or limit the aggravating activity to give the tendon time to heal. The foot physio techniques employed at our Oakville physiotherapy centre will manage the inflammation and promote an optimum environment for healing through manual techniques, modalities and icing instructions. We will use ankle physiotherapy, manual techniques and a prescribed stretching program to decrease muscle tension, taking stress off the healing tendon. We will look at your feet, gait mechanics, and the muscle activation/strength of your stability muscles in the core, pelvis and arch, and develop an appropriate exercise program to build strength and ingrain proper movement patterns. If needed, we can fit you for custom orthotics and give you advice on proper footwear to help prevent this condition from recurring!
If you think you may require ankle physio for an ankle sprain or other injuries mentioned above, contact our Oakville physiotherapy centre today to book an appointment.