Foot / Ankle

Physiotherapists (PTs) are experts in the art and science of the evaluation and treatment of human movement dysfunctions. We care for people of all ages and treat a variety of muscle, joint and neurological conditions.

Conditions we have successfully treated:

  • Ankle Pain
  • Shin Splints
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Excessive Pronation
  • Post Surgical Conditions
  • Tibialis Posterior Tendonitis

What are my treatment options?

  • Drugs
  • Corticosteroid Injections
  • Surgery
  • Physiotherapy*

Advantages of Physiotherapy:

  • No side effects.
  • Cost-effective.
  • Supported by clinical research*.
  • Customized to treat the underlying cause.

Your Recovery Process:

  • Pain Relief
  • Recovery of Mobility or Stability
  • Increased Strength
  • Recovery of Walking and Functional Skills
  • Independent Care

Components of Your Care:

  • A thorough biomechanical evaluation.
  • Extensive patient education.
  • A customized treatment plan.
  • Gentle hands-on techniques to relax the muscles.
  • Effective joint mobilization techniques to decrease stiffness.
  • Pain relieving modalities such as ice, heat, ultrasound or electrical stimulation.
  • Targeted stretching for tight muscles.
  • Walking retraining.
  • Balance exercises.
  • Shoe inserts (orthotic recommendations).

* Cited from the academic journal, JBJS (American). 2006;88; Am J Sports Med 1998 May; 26(3).

Physiotherapy for Ankle and Foot Pain

Click the <PLAY> buttons in the square below to see videos of some treatments for ankle and foot pain.

Ankle Joint Mobilization

Hands-on therapeutic procedures intended to increase soft tissue or ankle joint mobility. Mobilization is usually prescribed to increase mobility, decrease joint stiffness, and to relieve pain. There are many types of mobilization techniques including Grimsby, Maitland, Kaltenborn, Isometric Mobilizations, etc.

Ankle Joint Passive Range of Motion

The movement of the ankle by the patient or therapist through a range of motion without the use of the muscles that “actively” move the joint(s).

Ankle Progressive Resistive Range of Motion

Exercises that gradually increase in resistance (weights) and in repetitions. PRE is usually prescribed for reeducation of muscles and strengthening. Weights, rubber bands, and body weight can be used as resistance.

Cryotherapy or Cold Therapy

Cold therapy is used to cause vasoconstriction (the blood vessels constrict or decrease their diameter) to reduce the amount of fluid that leaks out of the capillaries into the tissue spaces (swelling) in response to injury of tissue. Ice or cold is used most frequently in acute injuries, but also an effective pain reliever for even the most chronic pain. Cold therapy may be administered by using a cold pack or an ice massage as seen in the above video.