Depending on the source of your condition, when your body experiences pain, the muscles surrounding the area and other soft-tissues often respond with spasm, tightness, or trigger points (tender areas in muscle). Various soft-tissue treatment techniques, such as cross-friction massage, trigger-point therapy, and Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) stretching can help alleviate the associated pain and soreness.
The feet and ankles are the body’s base of support when standing, walking, or running. This makes them very susceptible to injury due to biomechanical dysfunction and/or simple wear-and-tear due to poor movement patterns. For that reason, it is essential to assess the feet when dealing with any injury to the body, as they may be a significant contributing factor to the pain. No two bodies are alike, and nobody is perfectly symmetrical from side to side.
They can be a large contributor in ankle, knee and hip alignment and cause imbalances in these areas if the feet aren’t moving properly. Assessing how you walk and how your feet, ankles, knees, hips and pelvis function in an active state is critical to evaluating any biomechanical factors in your injury and help to determine how to prevent that injury from re-occurring.