Foot & Ankle Pain
Ankle joint bears the weight of your entire body and as result, ankle can be often injured when jumping or landing incorrectly. Ankle injury can frequently lead to ankle instability where the ankle is weakened and prone to another injury in the future.
Physical Therapy help you strengthen weakened ankles and regain ankle motion.
Your physical therapist will design a customized exercise program to target specific muscles and improve the stability and strength of your ankle. These exercises may include
Range of motion exercises to improve flexibility.
Strengthening exercises for the muscles around the ankle, including the calf muscles.
Proprioceptive and balance exercises to improve stability and prevent future injuries.
Functional exercises that simulate everyday activities to restore normal movement patterns.
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.
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
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
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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
Techniques such as low-Dye taping or the use of supportive braces can provide temporary relief and support to the plantar fascia.