Foot & Ankle Pain Sydney City CBD

Ankle and foot pain are very common complaints amongst both sporting and non-sporting populations. In sports, the ankle is the 2nd most commonly injured body site (after the knee), and is most frequent in court and team sport games including rugby, soccer, netball and basketball. Ankle and foot pain can also develop as an inability for the body tissue around the ankle to cope with the applied day to day load, be it a result of inappropriate footwear, or a rapid increase in recent training or exercise patterns.

Signs and Symptoms

Ankle & Foot Pain can be described as:

  • Insidious (comes on slowly for no “real reason”), or acute (definite injury mechanism),
  • A localised sharp pain or a general, dull ache,
  • An intermittent or constant pain,
  • Pain when you get up to start walking that settles within a few steps or minutes, or pain that
  • Feels more comfortable in certain footwear.

Acute Ankle & foot injuries with a definite injury mechanism often report:

  • An incidence of rolling the ankle
  • Hearing a pop or a crack
  • Localised swelling & tenderness
  • Bruising outside and in
  • An inability to walk normally, or limp.

Physiotherapists are experts in assessing and treating acute and chronic foot and ankle pain. It is therefore very important to seek an individualised exam from a good physio to determine the exact cause of your pain and ensure that the appropriate course of treatment is commenced immediately. Whilst it is very common to hear: ‘it’s just an ankle sprain, you’ll be right’, minor ankle sprains that are mismanaged in the early stages of rehab will often have problems down the track. Just when you think that you should be right to run, your ankle continues to swell at the end of each day – and you can not run.

The correct, early treatment is key to a smooth recovery in all grades of ankle sprains!

treating a patient for foot and ankle pain

Treatment of Foot & Ankle pain at Monteith Physiotherapy

With 26 bones, 33 joints and more than 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments, the human foot and ankle is a robust and complex mechanical structure. We at Monteith Physio are experts in assessing and treating your foot and ankle, no matter the cause or how complex your history is.

At Monteith Physio, you can rest assured that you will receive:

  • A thorough examination & accurate diagnosis,
  • The right treatment applied sooner,

  • Do you need:
    • Anti-inflammatory advice
    • Range of motion exercises
    • Strength work
    • Proprioceptive exercises
    • Strapping or bracing
    • Return to sport and running programs?
  • The best treatment plan to enable you to get back on your feet, doing what you love to do – sooner!
  • The appropriate strategies to prevent your pain from reoccurring.

treating a patient for foot and ankle pain

Other Conditions

Whilst we excel in improving patient outcomes in the above mentioned ‘common conditions’, Physiotherapists at Monteith Physio also have a special interest in assessing and treating those ‘hard to find’ injuries. We have a saying around here: ‘make sure you see the injury before it sees you!’

Some of these ‘more obscure’ conditions include:

  • TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint), or ‘Jaw’ Dysfunction
  • Costovertebral, Sternocostal & Sternoclavicular Joint injuries
  • Rib, & Rib Cartilage sprains
  • Sacroiliac Joint (SIJ) Dysfunction
  • Peripheral Neuropathies
  • Labral Tears of the hip & shoulder
  • Hernias
  • Overuse Injuries;
    • ITB Friction/Compression Syndrome
    • Anterior Knee Pain, or, Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
    • Shin Splints
    • Plantar Fasciitis
    • Tendinopathies of;
      • Achilles tendon
      • Patella tendon
      • Gluteus Medius tendon
      • Hamstrings origin tendon
      • Biceps Femoris tendon
      • Adductor tendons
      • Long Head of Biceps tendon
      • Wrist Extensor & Flexor tendons
    • Bursitis, most commonly at the hip, knee & shoulder
    • Stress Fractures, more commonly in the lower limb
  • Compartment Syndrome
  • Joint Capsule Adhesions & Synovitis
  • Morton’s Neuroma of the Foot
  • Gout
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), & other Chronic pains.


If you are currently suffering with foot and ankle pain and are looking for the best health practitioner to help you get back on track, don’t hesitate to call Kate on 9252 2433 to book an appointment today.

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