Ankle Pain — How A Chiropodist Can Help
Do you have aching pains along your ankles and legs? You may possibly have tendonitis.
Tendonitis or tendinitis means there is an inflamed tendon that is attaches a muscle in your leg or foot to the bone. There are many muscles in the foot, let and ankle and many of these are susceptible to over use, often resulting in tendonitis.
These injuries are most often seen when there is biomechanical instability—often when you roll over on your ankle (hyperpronation) paired with excessive use. For example, repetitive motions such as sports, running or even doing the same type of job for long periods of time can cause tendonitis.
The most common forms of tendonitis in the foot and ankle are:
- Achilles tendonitis — pain at the back of the heel and ankle
- Shin splints — pain on the front of the lower leg and ankle
- Posterior tibial tendonitis — often causes pain on the inside of the foot or ankle
- Peroneal tendonitis — pain on the outside of the ankle or calf
Tendons attach a muscle to a bone. When a tendon is overly stressed, usually as a result of poor biomechanics coupled with increased mileage or excess use, a tendon can become inflamed.
A foot that overpronates (turns inwards) does so as a result of too much motion between the bones of the foot, especially the first toe.
When your body cannot stabilize your foot properly, the muscles in the foot and leg try to make up the difference by working too hard for too long. Contracting too long puts excess stress on the tendon and the sheath surrounding the tendon, resulting in pain.
You can control the amount of excess pronation (overturning of foot) with a custom orthotic. Pain will usually go away and ice and massage can also help reduce the inflammation associated with tendonitis.
In more difficult cases, we might also prescribe anti-inflammatory medication.
Physical therapy as well as stretching and strengthening exercises may also be recommended. Tendonitis tends to respond very well to laer, ultrasound and in stubborn cases, shockwave therapy.
I am a registered chiropodist and foot care specialist and have been helping patients for over 20 years.
Are you uncertain about whether you should choose a chiropodist vs. podiatrist? Chiropodists and podiatrists provide the same care. There are 600 registered chiropodists in Ontario and only 60 podiatrists. The College of Chiropodists of Ontario stopped using the name podiatrist in Ontario in 1993, over 26 years ago — but the name is still used in other provinces in Canada, also USA and UK.
Chiropodists today must complete 7 years of post-secondary education. We do complete case management of foot problems, assessing and treating the entire foot and its complications.
Chiropodist Trina Scarrow, BSc, DCh treating a patient with foot pain — for proper foot functioning and overall well-being.
I provide full biomechanical exams and gait analysis — I will be able to help address your foot discomfort by foot care treatment, custom orthotics and orthopaedic shoes, surgery, medication, laser or physical therapy.
Chiropodists and podiatrists are the only regulated health professions who have the ability to prescribe and provide custom orthotics as defined in the Regulated Health Profession Act of Ontario.
I want to help get your feet functioning better so you can feel better.