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Foot & Ankle Pain

Oxford osteopaths have experience in treating all the below conditions and work with you in choosing the right treatment for your problem.

What is Achilles Pain?

The Achilles tendon is the combined tendon of the two calf muscles, the gastrocnemius and soleus.

Despite being the strongest tendon in the body, it can sometimes be overloaded, which causes discomfort and even pain.

There are two main conditions associated with Achilles pain:

  • Insertional Achilles Pain

  • Achilles Inflammation

Dealing With Achilles Pain

The Achilles is painful and swollen because it has been overloaded, i.e. it is too weak to cope with the load it is placed under.

Rest is only going to make matters worse as the Achilles will get even weaker if rested.

At Oxford osteopaths we approach this condition with a combined treatment and exercise regime using osteopathy, massage techniques, acupuncture and a progressive exercise programme.

Acquired Flat Foot

Most people’s feet have a gap where the inner part of the foot (the arch) is raised off the ground when they stand. The height of this arch varies. 

Some people’s feet, however, have a low arch or no arch at all, which is referred to as flat feet or fallen arches.

When someone with flat feet stand, their inner foot or arch flattens, and the foot may roll over to the inner side (known as over-pronation). This is often apparent if the heels of shoes wear out quickly and unevenly. Over-pronation can damage your ankle joint and Achilles tendon (tendon at the back of your ankle). It can also cause shin pain.

Symptoms can include, pain, swelling, change in foot shape and knee pain or swelling, shin pain.

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition that causes pain in the heel, across the sole of the foot and sometimes into the arch area of the foot too.

It is caused by swelling of the ‘plantar fascia’ ligament. This is a very important ligament, connecting the heel to the ball of the foot and playing a vital role in supporting the arch of your foot - taking the strain when you stand, walk or run.

The condition can affect anybody, but it is most common amongst people over the age of 40. Overusing this ligament is thought to be the most common cause of plantar fasciitis, along with being excessively overweight or having altered biomechanics e.g. people with flat feet or high arched feet or those with tight calves.