Elizabeth A. Brown, DPM
Location and Office HoursCary L Copeland DPM Inc
4260 Glendale Milford
Cincinnati, OH 45242
- monday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
- tuesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
- wednesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
- thursday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
What causes posterior ankle impingement?
The ankle joint is primarily composed of two bones, the tibia (shinbone) and a small bone between the shin and the heel, the talus. When the foot is pointed or flexed, the ankle is compressed at the joint. Pain can result if tissue becomes trapped between the bones. Posterior impingement, in the back of the ankle, is more common in ballet dancers and can be due to overuse, poor training techniques or an atypical bony protrusion at the back of the ankle.
What can I do for arch pain?
National Academy of Sports Medicine answered
If you have arch pain, you should perform a combination of flexibility and strengthening techniques to help your body heal and prevent further injury. Begin by foam rolling your calves and IT-band. Foam rolling is a form of self-massage that can help relax tight muscles before you stretch them. Hold the tender spots for 30 seconds to allow your muscle time to relax and release the knots that are causing tension in the muscle. After you have completed the foam rolling, statically stretch your calves and hip flexor complex. Hold each stretch for 30 seconds so that your muscles have time to elongate. Next, perform strengthening exercises for the foot, ankle, and hip. Single-leg calf raises will help strengthen the muscles that support your foot and ankle. Also, you can perform resisted dorsiflexion which will strengthen the muscles in the front of your shin that help control your foot and ankle. Lastly, perform a single-leg balance exercise to strengthen the muscles of the entire leg. When performing any single-leg exercise, ensure that you keep the arch of your foot lifted while performing the exercise. Perform 1-3 sets of 10-15 repetitions of each of these exercises.
What is sesamoiditis?
Christopher Chiodo, MD, Orthopedic Surgery, answeredBeneath the base of your big toe, in the ball of your foot, are two small bones called the sesamoids. They function much like pulleys, facilitating movement of the big toe. But with too much stress they can become painful -- a condition known as sesamoiditis -- and may even fracture. The best way to avoid the problem is to wear shoes with proper support and cushioning, especially for high-impact sports such as tennis or running.
Symptoms of sesamoid pain or sesamoiditis include:
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- Pain in the ball of the foot, beneath the big toe
- Swelling in the ball of the foot