Your feet and ankles offer support to your entire body, help with balance, and facilitate shock absorption. They are critical for healthy living, allowing you to move and work comfortably. When your feet and ankles are injured, you may experience significant pain and loss of mobility, preventing you from enjoying your life. If you are suffering from ankle or foot pain in The Woodlands, the physicians at Movement Orthopaedic Institute can help, using the safest and latest techniques available to diagnose and treat the root cause of your pain.
Symptoms of Foot/ Ankle Pain:
- Pain on outer edges of the feet, ankles, toes, arch, or balls
- Discomfort intensifies or dissipates with activities
- Loss of mobility and movement
- Loss of flexibility from the ankles
- Tenderness on the feet and ankles
- Stiffness on the feet and ankles
- Dull aching sensations on the feet and ankles
The feet and ankles consist of numerous bones, ligaments, muscles, tendons, and joints. These components work together to offer balance, support, and flexibility to your entire body. The specific symptoms of your foot/ ankle pain depend on the root cause of your pain and the specific components that are damaged. That’s why diagnosing the root cause of foot/ ankle pain is an essential component of the treatment process.
Possible Causes of Foot/ Ankle Pain:
- Acute Injuries: You may experience pain and discomfort in your feet and ankles because of acute injuries or damage to any components of the structure, such as the bones, ligaments, joints, etc. Acute injuries occur because of sudden trauma, such as falls or accidents.
- Osteoarthritis: This is a type of arthritis wherein the joints in your feet and ankles deteriorate over time. The loss of flexibility and strength from the joints leads to inflammation, tenderness, pain, swelling, and loss of mobility. This condition often worsens with age.
- Strains/ Sprains: Strains are injuries to the muscles or tendons in the feet and ankles, and sprains are injuries to the ligaments in the feet and ankles. You may experience sprains and strains because of repeated movements, injuries, or overstretched ligaments.
- Plantar Fasciitis: This is a common condition marked by an inflammation of the tissues connecting the heel bone to the toes. Patients with plantar fasciitis wake up with shooting pain on the feet, with gradual improvements throughout the day.
- Bursitis: This condition occurs when the bursas, the fluid-filled components that cushion the joints, are inflamed, thereby affecting their shock absorption capability. The inflammation of the bursa leads to joint irritation, stiffness, and pain.
- Achilles Tendinitis: This is an overuse injury common amongst runners. It affects the tendons of the feet and ankles, leading to progressive pain in the back of the leg, especially after periods of repeated activity.
Surgical & Non-Surgical Treatments for Foot/ Ankle Pain
Movement Orthopaedic Institute curates personalized treatment plans for your ankle or foot pain in The Woodlands after diagnosing the root cause of your symptoms. We use advanced diagnostic techniques, such as CT scans, MRIs, and X-rays, to visualize the anatomy of your feet. This allows us to identify the source of your symptoms, following which we curate a personalized treatment plan.
Our physicians focus on non-surgical and conservative solutions for your foot and ankle pain. We generally start our treatments with physical therapy, rest, and medications. We also use orthobiologics, such as PRP and Stem Cell Therapy, to facilitate natural healing. However, if the conservative treatments don’t work, we may progress to arthroscopy or open-surgery techniques to restore your feet and ankles to their optimal condition.
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Movement Orthopaedic Institute takes a proactive and comprehensive approach to foot and ankle pain treatments. Our physicians and orthopedic specialists always diagnose and treat the root cause of your conditions rather than just the superficial symptoms. We use natural, regenerative solutions to encourage your body to heal itself, offering a natural alternative to healing. Please schedule an appointment to explore your treatment options for ankle or foot pain in the Woodlands.