Our ankles and feet have the tough job of supporting our weight all day, every day. No wonder we sometimes experience pain and dysfunction! The physical therapists at Virginia Therapy & Fitness Center know lower extremities better than any other clinic in the D.C. area.
We can help relieve your pain, instability, numbness, and weakness in your ankle or foot by addressing your deficits in range of motion, dysfunctional movement patterns, and weaknesses. Your specialized care will include gait assessment, biomechanical exams of 30+ joints that can limit your potential, and an individualized plan of care to get you back to what you love and keep you doing it pain free. Depending on the cause of your foot or ankle pain, specialty trained therapists at VTFC can also create custom made orthotics for your specific needs.
Inflammation of the fascia on the bottom of the foot is the most common cause of heel pain. The plantar fascia is a structure that runs from the front of the heel bone (calcaneus) to the ball of the foot. This dense strip of tissue helps support the arch of the foot by acting something like the string on an archer’s bow. As you can imagine, when the foot is on the ground a tremendous amount of force (the full weight of the body) is concentrated on the plantar fascia. This force stretches the plantar fascia as the arch of the foot tries to flatten from the weight of your body. This is just like the string on a bow is stretched by the force of the bow trying to straighten. This leads to stress on the plantar fascia where it attaches to the heel bone. Small tears of the fascia can result. These tears are normally repaired by the body. As this process of injury and repair repeats itself over and over again, a bone spur (a pointed outgrowth of the bone) sometimes forms as the body’s response to try to firmly attach the fascia to the heel bone. This appears on an X-ray of the foot as a heel spur.