Foot and ankle pain can sometimes be some of the most frustrating injuries: Achilles Tendonitis, posterior tibialis tendonitis, and ankle sprains to name a few. Individuals try to find quick but costly ways to fix these issues like with orthotics, boots, MRI’s and frequent doctor’s visits. Seventy percent get better due to a normal healing process but there is the other thirty percent who have difficulty getting better and are left without answers.
Taking the whole body into consideration, we can better understand the stress that can be placed on the foot and ankle if the body parts above are not strong enough to distribute the forces along the body.
Sam (30 years old) came to our clinic with longstanding foot pain and unable to exercise in order to lose weight. Sam had tried various orthotics and a change in footwear but had seen no changes. After evaluation of Sam, we noticed significant weakness in her hips causing increased stress on her feet. We also noticed that because of the increased stress, her feet were extremely stiff. As a result, she was unable to dissipate the forces of impact from walking and exercise. After treatment was performed to her tight/ weak hips and stiff feet, Sam was able to return to full exercise without pain.
Cases like Sam’s are what we specialize in!!