Foot and ankle injuries are among the most common injuries seen by physiotherapists. There are many structures that may be contributing to your foot and ankle pain including bones, ligaments, tendons, muscles and nerves. Due to the synergistic nature of the lower limb, foot and ankle injuries can contribute to issues in the knees, hips and lower back.
Common causes of foot and ankle pain include:
- Lateral ankle sprains (ATFL and CFL damage)
- Plantar fasciitis
- Toe joint and tendon issues
- Metatarsal fractures
- Hindfoot/midfoot/forefoot overloading due to excessive pronation or supination
Functionally, the foot is extremely important in allowing us to balance and walk efficiently and therefore any source of pain should be assessed and treated appropriately.