SUFFERING FROM FOOT OR ANKLE PAIN?

Our expert physios can treat pain in the foot or ankle including sprained ankles, arthritis and plantar fasciitis.

PHYSIOTHERAPY FOR FOOT & ANKLE PAIN

Response Physio & Sports Therapy clinics are home to world-class physiotherapists and sports therapists, offering orthopaedic physio and holistic treatments for a wide range of foot and ankle injuries and conditions.

The foot and ankle are made up of an intricate network of bones, tendons and ligaments that are designed to be weight-bearing so we can walk, stand and run. Damage to any of these parts within the toes, arch, heel, ball, sole or ankle can cause mild to severe pain, leaving you with restricted mobility and unable to carry out your daily activities. The complexity of the foot structure means that problems can be difficult to diagnose without a professional, so an in-depth assessment by a qualified physiotherapist is essential.

Response Physiotherapists use proven techniques to treat foot and ankle pain, such as sprained ankles, healing broken bones, stress fractures, arthritis, plantar fasciitis, tendonitis foot, gout, Achilles tendonitis, nerve damage, shin splint, sciatica, and bone spurs. If you are experiencing sore or hurting feet/ankles, book an appointment with a specialist near you.

How can physiotherapy help foot and ankle pain?

Physiotherapists use a wide range of treatments and techniques to help with your pain, as well as offer advice on looking after your injury. Foot and ankle injuries are extremely common among athletes and other physically active individuals; our sports rehabilitation experts can create a tailored plan to get you back to doing what you do best. Our tried-and-tested treatments help reduce pain, increase flexibility and strengthen the muscles to better support the weight-bearing structures.

As foot pain can have so many causes, our diagnostic team will carry out a detailed assessment and diagnose your condition before treatment. Only then can we be confident that your foot pain treatment targets the ‘right’ cause of your foot pain.

How we can help

We have a network of Chartered Physiotherapists located nationwide, who are experienced in assessing and treating mild to chronic foot pain and ankle pain issues with proven methods including manual physio, hydrotherapy, reflexology, sports movement analysis, K-taping, acupuncture, orthotics, biomechanics, sports massage, exercise and more.

Our Physiotherapists will combine their in-depth knowledge of the body with successful hands-on techniques to treat your foot pain and decrease the likelihood of recurrence. We will design a personalised treatment plan that takes into consideration factors such as your age, the cause of your pain, mobility, fitness goals and existing medical conditions.

 

 

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WHAT ARE THE BEST TREATMENTS FOR
FOOT AND ANKLE PAIN?

Response Physiotherapists use proven techniques to treat foot and ankle pain at the source, including methods such as hands-on mobilisation and manipulation of the joints, kinesio taping, tailored rehabilitation exercise programs, biomechanical and gait analysis, corrective insoles or ankle braces. For a more holistic approach, we also offer reflexology and acupuncture / dry needling sessions which take into account the mental and social factors, rather than just the physical symptoms of your pain.

Whether you are looking for ways to reduce foot pain, physio for torn ligaments, physio for sciatica, treatment for a sprained ankle, a deep tissue foot massage, or rehabilitation following a sports injury, our team of Physiotherapists will work with you to create the most effective care plan for your condition.

Successful treatment of foot pain depends on having an accurate diagnosis, so it’s important that we understand your condition before we start any treatment.

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MAIN CAUSES OF ANKLE AND FOOT PAIN

With more than 26 bones, 33 joints, and five ligaments, it is easy for the structures in the foot to become damaged or injured. Two of the most common questions we receive are “Why does my foot hurt?” and “Why is my ankle hurting?”

The most common type of ankle pain is a sprained ankle, usually as a result of a fall, walking or exercising on an uneven surface, walking in high heels, twisting your ankle or due to a sports injury. Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of pain in the foot itself, which develops when your fascia (the thick band of tissue running from your heel to your toes) develops tiny tears on its surface from being overstretched.

However, foot pain isn’t always caused by a problem in the foot itself – sometimes it is the result of a medical condition or an injury to another location in your body, known as referred pain. This can stem from the lower back, the sciatic nerve, herniated discs, blocked blood vessels, inflammation from medication or as a symptom of diabetes.

There are many potential causes of foot and ankle pain, including:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Sprained ankle
  • Trauma / sports injury
  • Broken ankle/foot
  • Tendonitis foot
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Lupus foot
  • Arthritis
  • Degeneration (ageing)
  • Being overweight
  • Stress fractures
  • Dislocations
  • Gout
  • Shin splints
  • Bone spurs
  • Nerve damage
  • Muscle strain
  • Ligament damage
  • Swollen bursa sacs
  • Pinched or trapped nerve
  • Sciatica
  • Neuromas
  • Anterior/posterior ankle impingement
  • Heel spurs
  • Unsupportive footwear
  • Nerve irritation
  • Thinning of the heel fat pad
  • Referred pain

WHAT ARE THE COMMON SYMPTOMS OF FOOT & ANKLE PAIN?

At one time or another, we all experience toe, foot or ankle pain as a result of wear and tear, overuse, or an injury. We find that they usually occur as a result of an incident during sports or recreational activities, work-related tasks and activities around the home.

Athletes such as dancers, gymnasts, runners, and football players all have an increased risk of injury. Older adults are also at higher risk of injuries and fractures because of the loss of muscle mass and bone strength as they age and problems with vision and balance.

Common symptoms of foot and ankle pain include:

  • Pain in any area of the foot/ankle
  • Difficulty walking
  • Pain in the calf when standing on tiptoes
  • Redness and swelling
  • Sharp or dull aching pain
  • An inability to put any weight on your foot/ankle
  • A popping or snapping sound
  • Pain that feels worse when you start walking and better when resting, a difficulty raising toes off the floor
  • Pins and needles
  • Burning sensation
  • A decreased range of motion/flexibility

The above symptoms need to be properly assessed by an experienced Physiotherapist, who can diagnose the cause of your foot pain and provide the most appropriate treatment, management and advice

TREATING YOUR FOOT PAIN PRIOR TO YOUR PHYSIO APPOINTMENT

Issues affecting the feet and ankles can be very painful and should not be ignored; the best thing you can do is seek professional physiotherapy care as soon as possible. We understand how mentally and physically exhausting it can be to live with a condition that hinders your ability to walk around freely or compete in your desired sports activities, so we recommend you prepare for your appointment by following our advice below.

  • Avoid putting too much weight on your foot/ankle until you have seen a specialist.
  • Ice the painful area for at least 20 minutes at a time, with 90 minutes between each session. Do this three to five times a day for 3 days following the injury. This helps reduce swelling and numb pain.
  • Whenever possible, keep your foot raised above your heart by resting it on something like a stack of pillows.
  • Try our gentle exercises for foot and ankle pain
  • Do not do your own strenuous exercises or use heavy gym equipment
  • Manage the pain with painkillers such as paracetamol and ibuprofen

WHY CHOOSE RESPONSE PHYSIO & SPORTS THERAPY
for FOOT & ANKLE PAIN?

We are one of the UK’s leading providers of musculoskeletal (MSK) physiotherapy in the leisure, NHS, and corporate wellbeing markets.

Response Physio & Sports Therapy delivers high-quality physiotherapy to patients across the UK. With a network of clinics, a team of qualified Physiotherapists and Sports Therapists, we can offer a choice of clinics near you and personalised treatment plans to get you feeling better faster.

We offer flexible opening hours to suit busy lifestyles including early and late appointments, Saturday clinics, and remote clinics. There are no waiting lists and appointments are often available within 24 hours. We accept NHS referrals, self-pay, and all major private health insurers, including AXA, BUPA, and Medico-legal.

We have 18 physio clinics within 17 locations that offer treatment for foot and ankle pain:

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