Do you have hip pain, knee pain, or foot ankle pain? Are you having a hard time resolving it? Can’t figure it out. Well guess what. Your problem may be tight ankle or limited dorsiflexion…and it is often missed, by even the most skilled health care professionals.
We see many people who have unsolved back pain, SI joint pain, hip pain, knee pain, and foot ankle pain. And often times the root of the problem is not where the pain is located. Pain is deceiving. Pain is often times located in the joint above or below the problem joint and is a result of compensation. Confusing?
Well, I will try and explain it. It is like a chain. When one link is stuck then the link above and below that stuck link have to move more. If the ankle is tight or stuck, then many times your heel raises up off the ground too early while walking or running. When the heel rises off the ground, then the ball of your foot and your achilles now has to absorb the weight of your body. Too much force over time can lead to damaged tissue at your achilles and foot, such as plantar fasciitis, metatarsalgia, mortons neuroma, tarsal tunnel, bunions…etc.
Tight ankles or limited ankle dorsiflexion can also lead to problems above the joint. For instance, when you run, and the tight ankle does not dorsiflex enough to allow the knee to propel forward, then the knee will start to track inward. See photo. When the knee starts to track inward it can cause too much force at the shin, knee as well as the hip and low back. So yes, your tight ankle can cause back pain, SI joint pain, hip pain, knee pain, shin splint pain, and foot ankle pain. Sound crazy? Not to us. We see it all the time.
Fix the tight ankle and fix the problem.
If you have unsolved low back, SI joint pain, hip pain, knee pain, shin splint pain and foot ankle pain, then please watch our little video to help you better understand the possible cause of your problem. And please give us a call 861 6700 or email if you have any questions or concerns.
Hope this helps,
Green Mt Rehab Gang