Learn more about foot & ankle pain

foot & ankle pain

It’s hard to do anything when you have foot and ankle pain. After all, everything starts from the feet with walking. So having any pain here is not only debilitating but takes time to heal, it’s easily aggravated. 

Started to get some pain in your foot or ankle? Our osteopaths will determine the cause, provide you with a diagnosis and give you a plan to get you back playing again as soon as possible. 

What is foot & ankle pain?

Foot and ankle pain is quite a common problem. Considering how many steps we take each day, the sports we play, running, jumping, it’s no surprise it’s a common problem. 

Pain locations and severity do differ from mild ankle sprains which most people have had, to debilitating plantar fasciitis which seems to linger forever and then there are more severe problems like fracture dislocations of our ankles. 

However whatever level of pain we have foot and ankle issues are also a problem with the effects elsewhere on our body. Even with mild ankle sprains we will often limp, which can cause knee, hip or lower back problems in combination. For more severe injuries and the use of crutches often results in neck pain and headaches. Our base of support is important. 

Your osteopath will try to find the cause of your pain to adapt a treatment approach specific to you.

What causes foot & ankle pain?

There can be several causes of our foot and ankle pain. One of the main causes most of us have experienced to some degree. Trauma especially to our ankles is very common, “rolling” your ankle most have experienced, fractures to our feet from kicking an object is another especially common problem.

Another common cause is repetitive strain injuries. Issues like achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis and even some fractures can be caused by being on our feet a lot while walking, running or jumping. 

Arthritis related pain is another really common cause of foot and ankle pain.


Possible causes

What causes your pain?

These are some of the specific conditions that impact your foot & ankle pain.

Plantar Fasciitis

Achilles Tendonitis

Sprained ankle

Foot & ankle pain at The Osteo Collective

How we help.


Your practitioner will start by asking you questions about your injury, how, when and why. This will be followed by a physical assessment testing the range of motion of your foot and ankle, palpating the surrounding muscles and performing some special tests. We will discuss with you our diagnosis and develop a plan with you to help you and your pain. 


Treatment with our osteopaths is a hands-on approach. After determining where, why and how you have developed your pain we will use a combination of soft tissue techniques, stretching, mobilisation and other joint related techniques. We also consider what you do day to day and develop a home treatment plan for you to implement. 


No one wants regular, recurring nagging chronic pain. Our exercise physiologist is the person to help with prevention. Improving your strength, function and flexibility, along with lifestyle changes will help prevent any future re-injuries.

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