Do You Know What’s Causing Your Foot or Ankle Pain?
We understand how foot and ankle pain can negatively impact your daily life. Occupational therapy is an effective way to treat acute and chronic pain, as well as aid in the rehabilitation of injured extremities. If you are experiencing foot and ankle pain, it may be affecting your ability to perform daily tasks such as walking, climbing stairs, or driving.
The cause of your pain can vary, but as a trained Occupational Therapist, we can help identify the root cause and develop a personalized treatment plan to get you back on track. Don’t let foot and ankle pain control your life any longer. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with one of our licensed Occupational Therapists and learn more about how we can help improve your quality of life.
Occupational Therapy for Foot and Ankle Pain in Vancouver, WA
At our clinic, we offer comprehensive care that starts with a thorough examination by our skilled Occupational Therapists. We’ll work with you to identify the cause of your pain and develop a customized treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. Your treatment plan may include a combination of manual therapy techniques, exercises, and stretching to restore joint mobility, improve balance, and strengthen foot and ankle muscles.
We may also incorporate specialized services such as balance board exercises and other modalities to provide quick pain relief and improve circulation. In addition, we’ll evaluate your lifestyle and recommend any necessary changes, such as orthotic footwear, to prevent future problems. You don’t have to suffer from foot and ankle pain any longer. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced Occupational Therapists and start your journey to recovery.
Common Causes of Foot and Ankle Pain
Foot and ankle pain can occur suddenly due to an acute injury, or it can develop over time in relation to a chronic, underlying condition. According to the Mayo Clinic, there are several common causes of foot pain and ankle pain, including:
Fallen arches – Your foot contains several tendons that work together to form your arch. When the tendons pull together properly, your foot will form a proper arch. However, when the tendons do not pull together properly, your foot will form a very small arch or no arch at all. This is referred to as “fallen arch” or “flat foot” and can cause pain or discomfort with time.
Arthritis – Arthritis is a common inflammatory condition that affects the joints and results in pain; the most common types including osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Both types of arthritis can greatly impact the foot and ankle joints.
Tarsal tunnel syndrome – Tarsal tunnel syndrome occurs when the tarsal tunnel (the nerve that runs from the ankle to the foot) becomes pinched and inflamed.
Plantar fasciitis – Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation in the connective tissue on the bottom of your foot. This can occur from aggravated overuse, such as constant standing, improper posture, or footwear that lacks proper arch support.
Bursitis – Bursitis occurs when the tendons rub against the “bursae” or anti-friction sacs, causing them to become irritated and uncomfortable.
Tendinitis occurs from excessive overuse of the tendons, causing them to become inflamed for a long time
Fractures – A fracture occurs from excessive force or trauma to the bone, causing it to crack or break entirely. A fracture to the foot or ankle could result in weeks of downtime to ensure proper healing.
Strains and sprains – A strain occurs when a muscle or tendon is stretched too far or torn, while a sprain occurs when a ligament is stretched too far or torn
How Can Occupational Therapy Treat My Foot And Ankle Pain in Vancouver, WA?
Our team is dedicated to providing you with the personalized care you need to find relief. We’ll begin with a thorough examination to identify the cause of your pain, whether it’s an acute injury or a chronic condition. If you’ve sustained an acute injury, we may recommend the RICE treatment (rest, ice, compression, and elevation) during the initial stages to reduce swelling.
From there, we’ll develop a specialized treatment plan tailored to your specific needs, whether you’re recovering from an injury or managing a chronic condition. Our goal is to provide you with a holistic healing and pain management program to help you get back to your normal level of physical performance and prevent future problems from occurring. Don’t let foot and ankle pain hold you back any longer. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced Occupational Therapists and start your path to recovery.
Our treatment plan will likely include a combination of exercises and stretches tailored to restore joint mobility, improve balance, and strengthen foot and ankle muscles. We may also incorporate specialized services such as exercises on a balance board, ice and heat therapies, manual therapy, ultrasound, or cold laser therapy to provide pain relief and boost circulation.
In addition, we’ll evaluate your lifestyle and may recommend orthotic footwear or lifestyle changes to prevent future problems. Our goal is to help you regain your mobility, comfort, and overall function, free from the limitations of pain. Don’t let foot and ankle pain slow you down any longer. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced Occupational Therapists and get back on your feet in no time.
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