Ankle and foot problems
The ankle and foot are essential in human movement, but no one pays attention to it. A waste! The foot is literally the foundation of the entire body. Problems in the feet can cause or maintain problems in the rest of the body.
A foot consists of 26 separate bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments and 19 muscles and tendons. Together, these parts make very complicated movements such as walking, jumping and landing. Our feet are just like our hands. Made for fine motor movements. The soles of the feet are full of receptors to analyze our environment and determine whether it is safe to walk somewhere making them essential for human evolution.
For ankle issues, a distinction can be made between acute and chronic problems. Acute injuries often disappear within 6 weeks. If the complaints last longer than 6 weeks, it is a called chronic ankle issue.
Acute ankle injuries are mostly ankle sprains. During an ankle sprain, the ligaments of the ankle are stretched and sometimes torn. It is important to remember that there is more going on besides stretched or torn ligaments. The muscles of the lower leg are also involved and one or more joints in the mid foot can also be affected and become trapped.
In most cases, the ligaments repair themselves with dosed movement and rest. The joints in the midfoot often stay stuck and can cause or maintain complaints in the long run.
If your ankle complaint lasts longer than a week, please contact one of our therapists using the contact form at the bottom of the page. Often we can already give you useful tips that immediately reduce your complaints.
Nowadays we wear socks and tight shoes. While this may look and feel good, it is actually disastrous for our foot health. The receptors are muted and the muscles in the foot no longer have to do their job.
Foot issues can be caused by various things; a stuck joint, muscles that are too tight or too weak or by pinced nerves.
Hammer toes, hallux valgus, dropped arch, heel spurs, mortons neuroma are some of the conditions caused by wearing too tight shoes and weak foot muscles.
Does this mean you should never wear tight shoes again? No! But make sure that you walk barefoot more often on different surfaces. This way you stimulate the receptors in your foot, train your foot muscles and prevent complaints.
Weak feet can also cause knee problems, lower back problems and even shoulder and neck problems.
With ankle and foot problems, it is important to treat both the forefoot and the lower leg muscles. With manual therapy and Active Release Techniques the problems in the joints of the forefoot and the muscles in the lower leg can be resolved quickly and permanently. In addition, you will receive specific exercises to ensure that your foot and ankle become stronger than before!
If you have any questions about your ankle and foot complaints, please do not hesitate to contact one of our therapists. Often we can already give you useful tips that immediately reduce your complaints.