Hey, everyone! Today, let’s dive into the world of foot and ankle health. If you’re experiencing any discomfort, especially in the ankle, here’s how we assess and potentially alleviate the pain. We begin by ensuring all the joints in the foot and ankle are moving as they should.
Through various tests—dorsiflexion, plantar flexion, internal and external rotation—we check for pain and assess the range of motion. The goal is to identify any stiffness or discomfort, indicating a potential need for joint adjustments in the area.
In cases where joint motion is lacking, adjustments come into play. A quick adjustment on the calcaneus bone or to specific joints can enhance motion and provide a springier feel. If the big toe isn’t delivering the required motion, we inspect the plantar fascia’s tightness at the bottom of the foot.
Soft tissue work on the plantar fascia can help lengthen the muscles and fascia, promoting better toe motion during activities like walking or running. Addressing the big toe’s motion is crucial, as it significantly influences the overall function of the foot and ankle.
So, if you’re dealing with ankle or foot pain, these are the areas we’ll explore in our office to ensure everything is moving smoothly and comfortably.