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Foot and Joint Cooperation

Things You Might Want To Know Regarding Ankle & Foot Pain

Lots of joint cooperation needs to occur for the foot to function properly. The foot during walking is at the mercy of the function of the lower limb. In addition, there can be intrinsic misalignment that can occur. So… Ankle and/or foot pain is usually a matter of control, or loss of control.

Misaligned Feet
The majority of people with flat or misaligned feet will never experience any pain or symptoms in their feet. However, they will eventually develop pain or symptoms somewhere else in their body. In children this can show up as “growing” pains or shin splints. In adults, it may appear as chronic pain to knees, hips and/or back. Once the anklebone slips from its natural alignment on the heel bone this alters the foundation of the body. The knee twists, the leg is pulled from the hip, the pelvis tilts, and this creates a strain on the back.

Goals to restore foot stability
Our overall goal is to restore stability to the foot and mobility to the toes and ankle. There are many conditions that can cause your pain. Our care is tailored to your specific problem and will include the following:

  1. Rapid pain relief
  2. Quick control of swelling (rest, ice, compression, elevation)
  3. Taping and bracing as required
  4. Education with your involvement
  5. Development of a home treatment program
  6. Joint and soft tissue mobilization to restore motion
  7. Stability strength training
  8. Mobility exercises for range of motion
  9. Hands-on-therapy

​Contact our offices Laurel Foot & Ankle Center or Northern Virginia Foot & Ankle Associates  and schedule an appointment today.
To learn more about treating foot and ankle injuries, go to Heel Pain Institute of America and Laurel Foot & Ankle Center or Northern Virginia Foot & Ankle Associates.


Francis J. Smith, D.P.M., A.B.F.A.S.
Board certified in Foot Surgery and Michael A. Klein, D.P.M. A.B.F.A.S.
Board certified in Foot Surgery​

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