• Dr. Melody Medley-Keith

Foot and Ankle pain? What can you do?



Many Diagnosis: The ankle is a complex mechanism and it takes a specialist to treat it right.

Such as: Ankle Sprain/ Bunion (Hallux Valgus), Plantar Fasciitis, Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, Shin Splits (Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome)


How Does it Feel? Very Painful

  • Swelling

  • Inability to stand or walk on the affected foot

  • Throbbing

  • Stiffness

  • Weakness

  • A feeling of instability in the ankle joint



At Lakeway Aquatic Physical Therapy we will test and screen for other, more serious conditions that could be causing the pain and swelling. To provide a definitive diagnosis, your physical therapist may collaborate with an orthopedic physician or other health care provider, who may order further tests, such as an x-ray, to confirm the diagnosis and to rule out other damage to the ankle, including a fracture.


How Can a Physical Therapist Help?

Physical therapists help people with ankle conditions to recover more quickly than they would without treatment. Your physical therapist will work with you to design a specific treatment program that meets your needs and goals.

During the first 24 to 48 hours following your diagnosis, your physical therapist may advise you to:

  • Rest the area by avoiding any activity that causes pain.

  • Apply ice packs to the area for 15 to 20 minutes every 2 hours.

  • Consult with a physician for further services, such as medication or diagnostic tests.

  • Walk on the affected foot as soon, and as much as you are able, without making the pain or swelling worse.

  • Use crutches or other walking aids to help alleviate pain and support balance.

  • Wrap your ankle or use an ankle brace for support and to prevent swelling.

These self-treatments will allow you to be as active as possible with the least amount of pain, and will help speed healing.

Lakeway Aquatic Physical Therapy will work with you to:

Reduce Pain and Swelling.

Improve Motion.

Improve Flexibility.

Improve Strength.

Improve Endurance.

Improve Balance.

Restore Agility.

Learn a Home Program.

Return to Activities.

Speed Recovery Time.

If Surgery Is Necessary a physical therapist can help all along the way.

Call us today: 512 261-0620


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