Foot and ankle problems are very common on their own and they often cause problems of the entire leg, hip and back. An innovator in functional therapy, Gary Gray, said that “everything changes when the foot hits the ground!” The entire body truly depends on good function of your feet. Various conditions from overuse to arthritis affect both the foot and the ankle. Foot and ankle restrictions and pain are also seen in neurological conditions such as stroke and multiple sclerosis. Buffalo Spine and Sports Medicine’s team can establish the cause of pain and dysfunction and help restore the function and the support of the entire lower limb and beyond.
How we diagnose
A comprehensive examination is performed on every patient with focus on ferreting out various problems that can cause foot and ankle pain.
Special manual training allows our physicians to diagnose small subluxations of foot and ankle joints that are a very common source of pain and are mostly missed and misdiagnosed by other physicians. Gentle manipulation of the foot and ankle joints is frequently performed during examination for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes.
Our physicians also examine the foot and ankle joints, and surrounding muscles with the help of advanced imaging techniques such as diagnostic ultrasound.
This technology is advanced enough to see chronically inflamed nerves around the foot and ankle region that frequently cause chronic non-joint related foot pain.
Electromyography (EMG) is used to examine foot and ankle pinched nerve problems such as Foot Drop and Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, as well as neuromuscular spasm condition known as lower limb spasticity.
MRI and X-ray imaging is often used to confirm the diagnosis made by our expert examination of internal ankle joint problems.