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It's almost certain that everyone will experience foot pain at some point in their lives. With the average adult taking 6,000 steps per day, it's no wonder foot pain can cause a major disruption to everyday activities.

Foot Pain

The foot is a complex structure, containing nearly 8,000 nerves, 26 bones, 30 joints, and over 100 muscles, ligaments, and tendons. With such a large number of structures providing balance and supporting mobility, there is ample opportunity for pain to present itself in some form. From bone spurs, breaks, and fractures, to tendinitis, arthritis, and diabetes, foot pain is a wide-reaching symptom of many injuries and conditions. Synergy Physical Therapy offers numerous treatments that can be used to relieve foot pain.

Foot pain can be caused by a number of reasons including structural deformity, overuse, nerve dysfunction, poor mechanics, muscle weakness, ROM deficiencies, poor footwear and/or a result of other medical issues.

Some common diagnoses associated with foot pain include bunions, hammer toes, tendinitis/tendinosis and foot pronation (flat feet).

With the feet being the first contact with the ground, foot pain causes compensated and antalgic (abnormal) gait that often leads to difficulty and pain not only with walking but in standing.  Due to these compensatory patterns and deficiencies, pain leads to a lack of WB through the affected leg, as well as balance issues resulting in ankle, knee, hip, and/or back pain.  As a result, the muscles become imbalanced at the foot/ankle and through the entire leg.  The muscles will tighten as a protective measure and where there is muscle tightness there is usually a lack of movement at the joints.  Although, if the origin of foot pain was caused by trauma, there could be an excess of mobility at the foot/ankle and would require stabilization.

It is important when assessing the foot to observe the foot’s ROM, leg strength, and palpate soft tissue/bony structures, in non-weight bearing and weight bearing.  About 80% of walking is performed on one leg at a time so each leg needs to be strong/stable in order for walking to be executed appropriately so gait mechanics need to be evaluated.  It may be advantageous to assess footwear or any orthotics that are worn.  Treatment may include strengthening, stretching, manual interventions, and corrective exercises to restore stability, mobility, muscular endurance, and functional capacity.  Through these efforts, we can decrease the risk of injury, falls, or long-term damage.


Frequently Asked Questions

Foot Pain

We know selecting the right physical therapist is a big decision, and we want to make sure you have all the information you need befoe booking an appointment. If you have any unanswered questions, please contact us and we'd be happy to chat.

You can reach us at 480.767.0794.

Shoes should fit the foot well, meaning the toes should be able to spread without being restricted by the shoe.  Shoes should also be comfortable to the feel.

It is important your deficiencies are assessed to appropriately develop a plan of care to avoid injury.

Your Synergy therapist may treat foot pain with a combination of treatments, which may include:

Functional Training
Manual Therapy
Gait Training
Dry Needling
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