Lower leg, Ankle and Foot Pain

Foot and ankle pain can be very debilitating. This can be caused by a variety of different causes such as, trauma, arthritic conditions, overuse injuries and also sport injuries.

At Dynamic Physio, our specialised physiotherapist we will undertake a comprehensive assessment and develop a personalised treatment plan leading to a faster recovery time and getting you back to functioning and exercising pain free.

When should I see a physiotherapist:

  • Unable to or struggling to weight bear on foot and ankle.
  • Any popping or snapping feeling in ankle or foot – especially associated with a specific injury.
  • Sensation of instability.
  • Any form of persistent pain, numbness or pins and needles in or around the foot and/or ankle.
  • Ongoing swelling or stiffness in foot or ankle.
  • Reduced mobility in the foot or ankle.
  • Sensation of tightness into the calf or shin region.
  • Ongoing discomfort related to specific activities.

Ankle Ligament Strain

This involves a sudden stretching/stress to the ankle ligaments when the ankle joint is forcibly stretched beyond the normal ranges of motion. The most common type of ankle ligament injury is an inversion sprain; this involves the ankle and foot turning inwards often with the weight of the leg over the inwardly turned ankle which can lead to the ligaments being overstretched and injured. We will diagnose the severity of your sprain and create a personalised rehabilitation program to get you back to your pre injury level. We also use some manual therapy to help reduce the pain and also allow you to begin on your rehab journey.

Plantar Fasciitis

This is a condition that can be very debilitating if left untreated, which can severely impacts in daily function and activities. The plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue that runs from the heel to the ball of your foot. It is integral to the stability of your foot and provides the support that is needed for us to propel ourselves forward using the foot. It is a sharp pain that arises in the heel and can refer along the sole of the foot. It is a degenerative condition that is linked to overuse or abnormal load. The causes of it are generally reported as overuse and increase in activity, being overweight (increases load being transmitted through the tissue), weakness and tightness of muscles in calf and foot, heel spurs and finally the sport of running. In Dynamic Physiotherapy we carry out a full assessment to ascertain the cause of your pain and dysfunction. We then use a combination of manual therapy, needling and a personalised rehabilitation plan to reduce your pain and get you back to daily living pain free initially then to your sport or activity of choice

Shin splints

Shin splints is an umbrella term that covers conditions causing pain in lower half of the shin. A comprehensive physiotherapy assessment is essential in the treatment of this as there are a number of potential sources for the pain. They are generally experienced by people who create significant forces through the area such as running and jumping. It is often linked to an increase in these activities, such as is experienced through longer event or marathon training. It is normally a deep ache that is exacerbated by weight bearing exercise. The causes of shin splints varies from, poor foot mechanics, muscle weakness, poor control from higher up the chain (glut), poor technique and muscle tightness. We will comprehensively assess your condition and establish the root cause of your pain. Then a program of manual therapy and a personalised rehabilitation plan is devised to allow you to return to activity in a graded and safe manner to get you back to your desired sport.

Other injuries we treat for lower leg, ankle and foot:

  • Achilles tendinopathy
  • High ankle sprain.
  • Post surgical rehabilitation
  • Tibialis posterior tendinopathy.