Musculoskeletal Disorders

Physiotherapy for Foot and Ankle Pain

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The majority of biomechanical imbalances and discomforts felt throughout the body stem from our feet. Our feet and ankles bear a repetitive and hefty load each day. A simple misstep or ongoing niggling issue can lead to an unfortunate injury.

Oftentimes foot and ankle pain go unnoticed as they typically stem from recurrent microinjuries. If you’re suffering from an injury, read more about the benefits of physiotherapy for foot and ankle pain.

For both everyday folks as well as elite athletes alike, foot and ankle dysfunctions can be as simple as bruising or a common sprain to more serious musculoskeletal injuries conditions such as Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis or an acute ankle fracture.

Seeking advice early from a physiotherapist is more important than you may realize. It’s important to get an injury assessment from an experienced physiotherapist to address any underlying dysfunction to prevent a minor sprained ankle or foot injury from becoming a chronic or debilitating issue. The best remedy for ankle and foot conditions is prevention through stability and strengthening programs.

We see a lot of patients at our clinic who self-assess a condition by researching cures, remedies and exercises online but unfortunately misdiagnose their foot or ankle injury. Self-assessment and improper treatment can lead to more complex conditions in the future or cause pain elsewhere in the body. If left untreated, these small discomforts can lead to further complications.

Our multidisciplinary team is trained in the rehabilitation and prevention of ankle and foot dysfunctions. Our physiotherapists can correctly assess whether an injury is acute, chronic, a degenerative disease, or a condition that requires immediate medical attention.

From prevention to post-surgical rehabilitation, our team treats a wide range of painful soft tissue and musculoskeletal disorders daily with the latest evidence-based research and leading adjunctive technologies to quickly break the pain cycle. Here are some foot and ankle pain causes and symptoms that we most often treat at our physiotherapy clinic in Novena.

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Ankle Sprains, Strains and Fractures

A sprain or strain is a common ankle injury due to the stretching or tearing of ligaments. Ankle fractures, on the other hand, are a more painful condition that is frequently attributed to a simple misstep. Older people typically experience ankle fractures more often as bone density deteriorates as we age.

Pain and swelling from minor ankle sprains can render you immobile for a short period making walking or running uncomfortable. The best way to treat a sprain is by giving it a little PEACE and LOVE, instead of the previously practiced RICE protocols.

When there’s a fracture, the shin bone, fibula or ankle joint may cause ankle pain in the surrounding ligaments. The required treatment is determined by the location of the ankle strain or foot fracture. What’s more important is whether the fracture is stable. This means that when stresses are applied to the ankle joint, it stays in the proper alignment when walking. Many fibula fractures require a length of time in a walking boot or cast, whereas most tibia fractures require surgery.

Post-Surgical Ankle Rehabilitation

Whether you have an ankle sprain or fracture, making an appointment with a physiotherapist is a crucial part of your short- and long-term recovery. Even a minor misalignment in your body now may develop into a chronic foot condition later in life. Our physiotherapists are experienced in post-operative care and work in accordance with orthopedic guidelines to improve patient outcomes and a return to full function and strength.

Post-surgery recovery will depend on a number of factors, although age and pre-operative conditioning levels are important indicators. Depending on the type of operation and the length of post-operative care required, there will always be a certain level of swelling, pain, reduced range of movement and muscle atrophy. Restrictions in range of movement and muscle weakness will be even more pronounced in cases where there has been a long waiting period prior to surgery with no pre-operative rehabilitation.

Surgery may be required for more significant fractures. In complex fractures, your orthopedic surgeon may relocate bone fragments into their proper alignment and secure them with special screws and metal plates attached to the bone’s outer surface. The type of surgery can have an influence on your post-surgery recovery. For example, an ankle fusion patient may take at least 6 months to fully rehabilitate back to pre-operative conditions versus a more minor Achilles rupture reconstruction which usually sees a patient return to normal function within 6-8 weeks.

Following surgery, our team works in concert with your orthopedic surgeon to accelerate post-surgical rehabilitation by breaking down scar tissue and activating the body’s natural cellular healing responses with our industry-leading technologies, including MAGNETOLITH treatment, Shockwave Therapy or INDIBA radiofrequency.

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Foot and Ankle Arthritis

Treatment for arthritic conditions for the foot and ankle vary based on the type of arthritis. This can range from osteoarthritis and degenerative issues to rheumatoid arthritis. The most common is osteoarthritis – a degenerative joint disorder that if treated early will not require surgical replacement.

The effects of arthritis on muscle function is that other parts of the body may attempt to compensate for the weakness and become strained. The role of a physiotherapist is to identify these biomechanical imbalances and develop a treatment plan to correct the condition.

In some cases, treatment of the soft tissues helps to unload the joint surface and can ease the pain. However, if the surface has become roughened, worn away, or broken off, this will require exploratory arthroscopic surgical interventions to replace the joint. In ankle fusions to treat arthritis, orthopaedic surgeons will remove the damaged tissues from arthritically affected joint surfaces. The surgeon will then fuse the ankle bones together permanently, which may lead to a longer recovery period.

Due to the sheer variety of injuries and patients we treat at HelloPhysio, our multidisciplinary team is able to alleviate pain even from the most complex or long-term chronic foot and ankle conditions.

Physiotherapy for Foot and Ankle Conditions

If you have an ankle or foot injury from plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinopathy, osteoarthritis, sprained ankles, or tibialis posterior dysfunctions that requires physiotherapy, our team at HelloPhysio has extensive experience helping to heal patients to get them back to pain-free movement.

We offer foot and ankle pain treatment as part of a continuum of care. Our clinic complements traditional physical therapy with the latest evidence-based adjunct technologies to help you build a resilient foundation for your recovery and overall musculoskeletal health. No matter what your situation is, we have a treatment plan that will get you back into your daily active lifestyle.

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Foot and ankle injuries are a painful and frequent musculoskeletal condition that can be caused by a simple misstep or a more serious traumatic incidence. The severity of a foot and ankle soft tissue injury range from a minor crack in the bone to tendon and ligament dysfunctions such as in Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis or heel spurs.

Even minor injured areas such as ankle sprains can immobilize you and prevent you from doing the simplest daily activities such as walking to work without pain.

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Patients with hand, wrist, and elbow injuries or dysfunctions can benefit from our comprehensive physiotherapy services with most up-to-date techniques and technologies to improve function and reduce pain. HelloPhysio helps patients who are suffering from conditions related to their upper extremities including: arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, fractures, nerve injuries, post-operative hand wrist and elbow surgeries, tendonitis, or simple sprains.

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Our skilled physiotherapists are here to help you find relief from hip or knee pain caused by a range of conditions. We specialize in physical rehabilitation for these joints, including arthritis, knee pain and injury, hip surgery, post-orthopedic trauma, Runner’s knee, and more.

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Our physiotherapists will provide you with a tailored treatment plan based on your goals and abilities following total knee or hip replacement surgery. HelloPhysio’s entire continuum of care improves clinical outcomes to enable you to resume your normal activities faster. 

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Many people struggle to reclaim their ability to function from a shoulder injury. A shoulder injury can have far-reaching consequences in all aspects of a person’s life. Our team is comprised of experts in physical therapy, who will help you get back to your old self as quickly as possible.

HelloPhysio can offer rehabilitation services to treat conditions related to shoulder injuries, which includes:

  • Dislocation
  • Joint Instability
  • Labral tear
  • Nerve injuries
  • Post-surgical rehabilitation
  • Repetitive stress injuries
  • Rotator cuff tendonitis/tear
  • Shoulder dysfunction
  • Sports Injuries
  • Trauma

HelloPhysio therapists can help you manage conditions related to your spine, neck, and back. Treatments for include, but are not limited to:

  • Headaches
  • Hip disorders
  • Lower back pain
  • Lumbar or cervical issues
  • Neck stiffness
  • Pain management
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spinal cord tumors
  • Spinal injury

Preventing injuries and recovering from them when they occur is very important for athletes. Unfortunately, most treatments are general and don’t address the specific needs of each patient.

HelloPhysio offers an innovative approach to sports medicine that has helped many runners in Singapore heal from a soft tissue injury or prevent it altogether

The HelloPhysio team treats common musculoskeletal dysfunctions and sports-related injuries, including:

  • Achilles tendonitis
  • ACL sprains or tears
  • Iliotibial band syndrome
  • Knee pain
  • Medial collateral ligament injuries
  • Patellofemoral pain syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Rotator cuff
  • Shoulder impingements

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HelloPhysio paves the way with both traditional physical therapy and the latest technologies to reduce pain, re-establish movement patterns, and activate muscles so that you can return to your daily life.

Physiotherapy treatment plans are different for each client customized to fit an individual’s needs, injury and lifestyle. Treatments from HelloPhysio may be eligible for claims through your health insurance provider.

Contact us today to arrange a session with a senior physiotherapist to discuss a targeted treatment plan.

Phone: +65 8787 3198

101 Irrawaddy Road
Royal Square #10-12
Singapore 329565

What is the most effective treatment for a musculoskeletal disorder?

Patients who benefit from our musculoskeletal physical rehabilitation program include those who suffer from acute orthopedic trauma, post-operative patients following joint replacement surgery, or those diagnosed with chronic pain conditions.

As physiotherapy is a catalyst of patient care, HelloPhysio’s physio and rehab team empowers patients with the latest evidence-based information, clinical therapies and leading technology to help you regain function, and without pain.

HelloPhysio’s physiotherapy is tailored to the needs of the individual, depending on the nature of the problem or disease. Explore the various services we provide for patients our physiotherapy clinic in Novena.

Using manual therapy with proper adjunctive state-of-the-art  equipment to enhance tissue healing, our physiotherapists help clients return to pain-free movement faster. Each physiotherapy rehab plan is never the same for each client as we believe in a personalized physio treatment to address each individual’s musculoskeletal injury and life stressors.

We always believe in going one step more at our rehab center in Singapore by providing continuous care that extends beyond just the physical session to adding Telehealth as part of physio treatment plans. From traditional to sports physiotherapy in Singapore, our clinic incorporates the lastest evidenced-based modalities into patient care.

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EMTT® is an advanced technology developed in Switzerland for the treatment of bone, tendon, muscle, nerve and ligament injuries or disorders throughout the body. This is a state-of-the-art therapy is a non-invasive, safe alternative to steroid injections and other interventions.

EMTT can be used to as a pain relief practice to reduce inflammation in difficult to treat conditions such as bone injuries, stress fractures and arthritic joints. We also use of the technology in harder-to-treatment of conditions such as tendinopathies at our Novena physiotherapy clinic in Singapore.

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Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) uses shockwaves outside of the body to harness intense short energy waves to reduce pain and heal chronic orthopedic conditions at our rehab center in Singapore. It is a non-invasive but powerful adjunctive physiotherapy treatment that delivers acoustic waves to injured soft tissue to for pain relief and to promote healing.

Using both Focal and Radial ESWT at our physiotherapy clinic, Shockwave Therapy a non-invasive treatment to assist with quick healing of injured tissues (muscles, tendons, ligaments, bone, etc) at a cellular level. Shockwave works by activating a tissue response by making tissues restart the healing faster while creating minimal scarring.

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Being one of the very few physio clinics in Singapore to fully utilized INDIBA for active rehab, we are proud to say our clients who have received the radiofrequency treatment have reported a decrease in pain immediately post treatment.

INDIBA uses one-of-a-kind long wave radiofrequency of 448 kHz frequency to treat acute, subacute and chronic states of injury. INDIBA creates a therapeutic physio treatment with manual or sports physiotherapy to facilitate tissue recovery while decreasing pain.

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Clinical Pilates is instructed by our highly-experienced trainers to promote strong, stable movement to build muscle strength, improve range of motion, activate postural muscles and the body-brain connection for integrated movement patterns.

As part of our Singapore rehab center, Clinical Pilates targets spine and pelvis alignment in conjunction with breathing and inner core muscles to balance and strengthen the body. Each session may use various rehab techniques, including Pilates reformers, barrel, Stahl bars and other physiotherapy equipment.

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Sports massage therapy uses intense, detailed manipulation of the soft tissue – muscles, tendons, joint capsules and fascia – targeted at trouble spots. Specializing in injury management and chronic pain relief massage, and as part of our our Singapore sports physio treatments, sports massage therapy helps enhance athletic performance by preventing training injuries and decreasing recovery time.

The massage sessions are highly focused with applied techniques including myofascial release, deep compression, muscle stripping and friction, trigger point therapy, stretching and corrective exercises.

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Red Light Therapy at HelloPhysio energizes cells to drive a host of physiological processes in the body by interacting at the cellular level to restore normal cell function.

Also known as Photobiomodulation, the near infrared therapy improves blood circulation, increases the rate of recovery after injuries, decreases pain and inflammation, boosts energy levels, improves muscle performance, aids in sleep, and a host of other benefits.

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As a treatment option at our Novena physiotherapy clinic, Dry Needling is a popular and effective means to treat pain using a sterile needle inserted to trigger points of the muscle and/or fascia to activate our body’s response for a natural anti-inflammatory recovery process, especially for sports physiotherapy clients. Trigger points are targeted by dry needling as other techniques may not be able to go so deep.

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Lymphatic Drainage Therapy (LDT) is a gentle and non-invasive technique that activates the body’s circulation to help the immune system by working with the interstitial and lymphatic system.

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Craniosacral therapy is a non-invasive process balancing the powerful flow of the cerebrospinal fluids and the nervous system. It is used to activate the body to self heal and restore body balance as part of our services at our physio rehab center in Singapore.

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When the COVID pandemic hit globally, rehabilitation and pain relief practice was mandated to go online as physical therapy care at our physio clinics was restricted. The use of digital communication to provide quality treatments ensured continuity and accessibility of care. From that, we realized the effectiveness and the efficiency of telehealth for physiotherapy and rehab.

Research supports telehealth’s benefits to maintain positive client outcomes, especially when it comes to physiotherapy treatment and rehab in Singapore. We all know that life post pandemic has changed and we will continue to provide Telehealth to clients who meet the needs of online consultation.