Foot And Ankle Specialist
South Florida Rehab and Training Center
Whether or not you’re an active person, your feet and ankles undergo an enormous amount of stress every day of your life. Throw in sports and activities, and these extremities are working overtime. At South Florida Rehab and Training Center (SFR), the physical therapists and trainers are highly skilled in treating and preventing ankle and foot injuries for their patients in the Miami area. If you’re experiencing problems with your feet or ankles or would like to avoid any issues altogether, call or book an appointment online.
Foot and Ankle Q & A
What’s the anatomy of the foot?
Your feet are amazingly complex, comprised of muscle tendons that cross the ankle joint, which are responsible for the support, balance, and mobility of your entire body. Helping these bones and joints are muscles, ligaments, and tendons, which keep everything together and provide flexibility.
What’s the anatomy of the ankle?
Your ankle is a large joint made up of the:
• Tibia, or shinbone
• Fibula, which runs along the shinbone
• Talus, a bone on top of your heel
• Ligaments that hold the bones together
Your ankle is responsible for the up-and-down and side-to-side movements of your feet.
How are injuries treated?
At South Florida Rehab and Training Center, the physical therapists understand the enormous impact an ankle or foot injury or condition can have on your ability to function correctly.
The staff works with you to treat your injury, always with an eye toward preventing re-injury, as quickly and efficiently as possible. To do this, they turn to numerous therapies, including:
• Strengthening and range-of-motion exercises
• Innovative stretching techniques
• Neuromuscular re-education
• Massage therapy
• Bracing and support
• Graston® technique
To ensure that your ankle or foot has the best chance of a solid recovery, call South Florida Rehab and Training Center, or book an appointment online.
What are the most common foot and ankle injuries?
Injuries to your feet and ankles can happen at any time, whether you’re working, participating in your favorite sport, or just walking down the stairs. The most common foot and ankle injuries are:
•Strains and sprains: Far and away, the leading cause of ankle and foot injuries are sprains to your joints and muscle strains, which can range from mild to severe.
•Tendon issues: The intricate network of tendons in your feet and ankles endure a lot of wear and tear and may degenerate and weaken over time, leaving them prone to tearing and rupture.
•Fractures: There are 29 bones between your foot and ankle, some of which are incredibly small. A collision with first base, or even dropping something on your foot, can cause a fracture.
•Structural issues: While not technically an injury, a structural problem in your feet, such as high or low arches, can cause severe aggravation.
•Plantar Fasciitis: Plantar fasciitis is a painful condition where the band of tissue (ligaments) across the bottom of your foot tightens, especially overnight, causing stabbing pains throughout your foot and in your heels.