Are you suffering from foot or ankle pain? Struggling to do the things you love? Foot and ankle pain can have a significant impact on your quality of life.

Foot and ankle conditions we commonly treat:

  • Ankle sprains (Ligament tears)
  • Arthritis (osteoarthritis)
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Flat feet
  • Achilles’ tendinitis
  • Calf strains
  • Acute fractures
  • Tendonitis
  • Stress fractures
  • Hypermobility

At Advanz Health our team of physiotherapists, exercise physiologists and massage therapists are experts in treating foot and ankle pain. Our unique approach to fixing your foot and ankle pain includes:

  1. Comprehensive assessment to determine both the diagnosis and the root causes (we may use imaging/scans where necessary).
  2. Tests and measurements to ensure we monitor progress and improvements.
  3. Holistic view of your entire body, including posture, alignment, mobility, strength, sleep, stress, nutrition and your nervous system.
  4. Treatment plan that relieves pain and targets the root causes, including massage, joint manipulation, dry-needling, exercise programs (core strength, Pilates and movement retraining) and education. This plan will specifically target your individual goals.
  5. Ongoing prevention options through clinical Pilates and small-group exercise.

Our approach will get you better in the shortest timeframe and keep you better long-term. It is designed to make sure you avoid a life of pain and suffering that requires long-term therapy and lifestyle changes, and instead gets you back to doing the things you love with a strong body.



FAQ’s About Foot and Ankle Pain

  1. It is common in a lot of change of direction sports, e.g. soccer, netball, basketball, touch footy etc.
  2. Runners can get some foot, ankle and shin pain, especially in the case that they overstride. When someone overstrides in their running the ground reaction force increases up through the leg. The force through the leg when the foot is under the hip is about 1.5x BW (Body weight), slightly out in front is 3xBW and far out in front is around 5xBW. This force can create an overload effect through he shins, heel and calf.
  1. Poor strength and/or tightness of muscles in and around the foot and ankle, e.g. calf (muscle at the back of the shin), tibialis (muscles at the front of the shin) and lumbricals (muscles at the bottom of the foot). Poor strength of these muscles means the foot can be unstable. An unstable foot can mean the ligaments are overworking and become lax, or the fascia (layer of tissue over the muscle) can become tight and create pain under the foot, which will make it hard to walk, jump a d run.
  2. Poor strength in areas up the body, means more pressure through the foot. While the foot is strong, it is not strong enough to take up the weight of most of the body without support from up the leg.
  3. Poor footwear is one of the most common causes of foot pain which people don’t think of. Depending on how you walk/run, this will create a wearing away of the sole of the shoe and in turn add pressure to different parts of the foot.
  4. Sport such as netball, basketball and soccer can be common ankle injury sports. This is because these sports a lot of jumping and landing/stopping quickly. In some cases athletes will be knocked off balance in the air and means the ankle can land outside the base of support or land on outer or inner parts of the foot which can sprain the ankle ligaments.

It can be, in some cases rehab can take up 1-2yrs for different foot ankle injuries like a Lisfranc injury or a navicular stress fracture. Even in less serious injuries like a low-grade ankle sprain, if left untreated can have recurring effects into the future.

Most foot and ankle exercises surround gaining stability in the foot and strength through the calf (muscle at the back of the lower leg). Depending on your injury you can look at what suits you best through our website

Most certainly, the foot and ankle muscles are innervated from nerves that originate in the lower back. If there is an issue of tightness, stiffness or even pain in the back or running down the leg, this can impact on the nerves and create issues of weakness, sensation and feeling down the leg into the ankle.