Ankle & Foot Conditions

There are 26 bones, 33 joints, and more than 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments in the foot.  The ankle (composed of multiple joints) is capable of moving the foot in many directions, allowing a person to rotate the foot in a circle.  People do not often think about how much freedom their feet make possible, supporting their bodies throughout the activities of the day, from walking to running, climbing and jumping, and standing for hours at work.

Because of their required range of movement, and their importance in supporting the weight of the body, pain in the feet or ankles can quickly limit normal daily activities.  Even just stiffness can make normal activities challenging.

Joliet Medical Center’s Rehabilitation Program offers a comprehensive approach to increasing the mobility and stability of the ankle and foot, as well as strengthening of the muscles of the ankle and lower leg.

Conditions

Sprains

A sprain, also known as a torn ligament, is damage to one or more ligaments in a joint, often caused by trauma or the joint being taken beyond its functional range of motion. The severity of sprain ranges from a minor injury which resolves in a few days to a major rupture of one or more ligaments requiring surgical fixation and a period of immobilization. Sprains can occur in any joint but are most common in the ankle and wrist.

Strains

A strain is an injury to a muscle in which the muscle fibers tear as a result of overstretching. A strain is also colloquially known as a pulled muscle or torn muscle.

Numbness & Tingling

numbness and tingling

Planter Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a disorder that results in pain in the heel and bottom of the foot. The pain is usually most severe with the first steps of the day or following a period of rest. Pain is also frequently brought on by bending the foot and toes up towards the shin and may be worsened by a tight Achilles tendon. The condition typically comes on slowly. In about a third of people both legs are affected.