Ankle & Foot Pain

 

Expert Ankle & Foot Physiotherapy Melbourne

Ankle injuries are one of the most common injuries we see here at KRP. So much so we have dedicated a Blog post to it’s risk factors and best treatment principles, ‘Ankle Pain Is No Walk In The Park’. Sports requiring jumping, turning and twisting movements such as basketball, volleyball and AFL; and explosive changes of direction such as soccer, tennis and hockey are particularly vulnerable to ankle injuries.

Assessment of ankle stability following an inversion sprain (rolled ankle) of the lateral ligament complex.

Assessment of ankle stability following an inversion sprain (rolled ankle) of the lateral ligament complex.

The ankle joint is a hinge joint formed between the tibia and fibula (bones of the lower leg) and the talus (a bone of the foot) and allows the foot to bend up and down primarily, with a small amount of rotation and some rocking from side to side.

The joint’s stability comes from the structural arrangement of the bones and the surrounding ligaments. Ligaments provide stability by preventing large amounts of side to side movement. On the outside of the ankle, the joint is stabilised by three smaller ligaments; injuries to any of these ligaments, caused by the foot twisting inward, account for more than 80% of all ankle injuries. Conversely, the inside of the ankle is stabilised by one thick, strong fibrous ligament which is rarely injured.

Other common ankle and foot injuries we see here at KRP include:

  • Ankle sprains including rolled ankles

  • Syndesmosis injury 

  • Avulsion fractures & CAM walker / Moonboot placement 

  • Achilles Tendinopathy / Tendinitis / Tendinosis 

  • Calf muscle tears & strains 

  • Compartment syndrome

  • Stress Fractures 

  • Shin Splints 

  • Plantar fasciitis & Calcaneal spurring

  • Osteoarthritis & Rheumatoid Arthritis 

  • Running & Gait Assessment 

  • Foot & Ankle Biomechanics Assessment & Customised Formthotic placement 

Post Surgical Rehabilitation

  • Tibia &/or Fibula fracture 

  • Achilles Tendon Rupture and Repair 

  • Ankle arthroscopic debridement, resurfacing or replacement 

Ankle mobility exercise in the treatment of Achilles tendinopathy.

Ankle mobility exercise in the treatment of Achilles tendinopathy.

Our physiotherapists have Post Graduate training in the diagnosis and management of all ankle conditions. KRP offers dedicated assessment, treatment and rehabilitation, through a tailored, individualised plan, to return you to what you do best in a minimal amount of time. We are also able to refer for further investigation, whether it’s X-Ray, CT or MRI should one of our experienced team feel there may be a fracture or other structural injury. 

Servicing Niddrie, Essendon, Airport West, Keilor & the Northern suburbs for over 40 years, you can book with one of our highly trained ankle & lower leg team online here or call 93794557 to speak to one of our admin superstars.