Injuries to the foot are important to address immediately and with treatment that can keep your feet healthy and working to support you. Surgery free and drug-free treatment and are options at Kentucky Neurology and Rehab.
Feet are very prone to injury. Why? The large number of bones in the foot and ankle are joined together by ligaments in a system that gives you a wide range of motion. Also, these small bones and joints have supported a lifetime of body weight. Painful sprains are the tearing or stretching of ligaments and can happen easily from simple accidents. You can event experience ligament damage just from overuse.
When you have a foot injury, it is not just your feet that feel the pain. When you favor a foot or walk even with a minor limp, this can throw off the fine balance of the body. You can experience back and hip pain and have no idea that the root cause of the pain is actually one or both of your feet.
Some Causes of Foot and Ankle Pain
- Sport or exercise related injuries
- Excess weight
- Posture problems
- Tears or stretching of ligaments
Plantar Fasciitis is a prominent and very aggravating type of foot pain that our office in Lexington, KY can help you with. Because this is a rupture of a ligament that is essential to walking, the sufferer can be literally hobbled – almost unable to walk.
Plantar fasciitis occurs when the flat ligament (the plantar fascia) that runs along the bottom of the foot tears and becomes inflamed. Because this ligament extends from your toes, along the bottom of your foot and attaches to your heel, any movement of the foot can be excruciating. Even the touch of a bed sheet at night can cause pain. This is also why its primary cause is over use from repetitive motion of this ligament.
Plantar fasciitis pain ranges from an ache to a very sharp pain. Pain worsens after periods of walking, and oddly is also worse when you first get up in the morning.
Causes of Plantar Fasciitis
Repetitive stress is the primary cause of plantar fasciitis. Common causes of this painful condition are:
- Inward twisting of the foot when you stand or walk
- High arches or flat feet
- Tight Achilles tendons
- Repetitive pressure on the feet from work or sports
- Prolonged walking or standing
- Standing on uneven surfaces
- Running and exercise
- Excess weight
- Shoes with little support or cushion
- Aging – wear and tear over time
- Major trauma to the foot (car accident, sports injury, etc.)
Many people suffer from plantar fasciitis pain over long periods of time needlessly. We can work with you to heal your foot pain and to keep it from recurring. Contact Kentucky Neurology and Rehab so we can get you back on your feet again.