Relieve Foot Pain and Ankle Pain
Effective Treatment for Foot Pain and Ankle Pain
Foot Pain and Ankle Pain: An Overview
Foot pain and ankle pain are often due to an ankle sprain but can also be caused by ankle instability, arthritis, gout, tendonitis, fracture, nerve compression (tarsal tunnel syndrome), infection, and poor structural alignment of the leg or foot. Ankle pain can be associated with swelling, stiffness, redness, and warmth in the involved area. The pain is often described as an intense dull ache that occurs in the foot bearing weight and with normal ankle motion.
Deep Tissue Laser Therapy Treatment for Foot Pain
Laser therapy for ankle sprains is an important part of the healing process and is used by professional athletes worldwide to treat foot pain.
Laser therapy for foot pain accomplishes several key tasks:
- increases blood flow by vasodilating local blood vessels in an area with low blood flow compared to areas of the body that are surrounded by major muscle groups. This increased blood flow brings in the nutrients necessary to repair damaged tissues and removes the damaged tissue fibers
- increases lymphatic flow which helps to reduce local swelling
- decreases prostagladin formation which reduces pain levels
- increases endorphin production
- expedites the body’s natural healing processes, which allows for quicker introduction into rehabilitation
- mild sprains can see drastic improvement in 3-5 visits
Causes Of Ankle Pain
A sprain is a common cause of ankle pain. Pain can also be a result of:
- arthritis (specifically osteoarthritis)
- nerve damage or injury, such as sciatica
- blocked blood vessels
- infection in the joint
A sprain is generally caused when the ankle rolls or twists so that the outer ankle moves toward the ground, tearing the ligaments of the ankle that hold the bones together. Rolling the ankle can also cause damage to the cartilage or tendons of your ankle.
Gout occurs when uric acid builds up in the body. This higher than normal concentration of uric acid (a byproduct of the body’s normal breakdown of old cells) can deposit crystals in the joints, causing sharp pain. Pseudogout is a similar condition where calcium deposits build up in the joints. Symptoms of both gout and pseudogout include pain, swelling, and redness.
Arthritis can also cause ankle pain. Arthritis is the inflammation of the joints. Multiple types of arthritis can cause pain in the ankles, but osteoarthritis is the most common. Osteoarthritis is often caused by wear and tear on the joints. The older people are, the more likely they are to develop osteoarthritis.
Septic arthritis is arthritis that is caused by a bacterial or fungal infection. This can cause pain in the ankles if the ankles are one of the areas infected. It can also lead to severe foot pain as well.
Schedule an appointment today to see what we here at the Pain Relief Institute can do for you and how we can help you with your ankle and foot pain.