Foot & Ankle Pain
The ankle joint is a marvel of biomechanical engineering, connecting the foot to the lower leg and providing essential support for our daily activities. Comprising intricate ligaments, tendons, and bones, the ankle enables a wide range of movements, from simple flexion and extension to the intricate side-to-side motions crucial for stability.
Despite its resilience, the ankle is susceptible to injuries and conditions that can impede its function. Sprains, strains, fractures, and chronic conditions can impact the joint's performance, leading to discomfort, instability, and reduced mobility.
Our comprehensive approach to ankle health involves thorough assessments, individualized treatment plans, and ongoing support. We prioritize open communication, ensuring you understand your condition and actively participate in your recovery. Our experienced team of physical therapists is dedicated to providing personalized care to address a variety of ankle-related concerns.
What Can I Expect?
Assessing how you walk and gait training.
Instruction for when to apply ice for pain and inflammation.
Temporary taping of your foot for short-term relief.
Recommending shoe inserts, supportive footwear, or a night splint.
Teaching you specific stretching and strengthening exercises.
Did you know?
Untreated injuries or musculoskeletal issues can lead to compensatory movements, causing additional strain on other parts of the body. Early physical therapy identifies and addresses these compensations, preventing the development of secondary problems and ensuring a more holistic recovery.
Plantar Fasciitis: Will Physical Therapy Help My Foot Pain?
Usually, plantar fasciitis develops with no identifiable cause. Even though there might not be an obvious cause of plantar fasciitis, there are many risk factors that predispose you to developing the condition. Some of these include:
Tight Calf Muscles: Tight calf muscles can put more strain on the plantar fascia by altering the way the foot and ankle move while walking.
Foot Posture: Having too high or too low of an arch can place increased stress on the plantar fascia by reducing the ability of the foot to absorb shock while standing and walking.
Occupations with Prolonged Standing: People who work on assembly lines or who are standing on hard surfaces for long periods of time are predisposed to developing plantar fasciitis.
Obesity: There is a strong association between greater body mass index and chronic heel pain in a nonathletic population.
Repetitive Impact Activity: Running was found to be a risk factor for developing plantar fasciitis, especially if they are running on hard surfaces or in flat/spiked shoes. Dancers have also shown a higher prevalence of heel pain, possibly associated with repetitive jumping and landing.
Heel Spurs: Although heel spurs are not a direct cause of plantar fasciitis, the two conditions often coincide
Did you know?
It can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months for your plantar fascia to heal, HOWEVER you should notice your plantar fasciitis symptoms improving as soon as you start treating them. with Physical Therapy.
What Can You Expect?
Applying ice or cold packs to the heel area can help reduce pain and inflammation. Our Physical Therapists may instruct patients on the proper way to use cold therapy at home.
Foot and Ankle
Strengthening the muscles of the foot and ankle can help stabilize the foot and reduce strain on the plantar fascia. Therapists may prescribe exercises such as toe curls, heel raises, and resistance band exercises.
Physical therapists often use hands-on techniques to manipulate and mobilize the foot, ankle, and calf muscles. This can help improve flexibility, reduce muscle tension, and promote healing.
Taping and Bracing
Our specialized taping techniques and braces offer enhanced stability to the foot, promoting proper alignment and minimizing the risk of further injury during physical activities.