Foot Physical Therapists
Each of your feet has to support your weight and enable your forward movement every day of your life. A foot injury can incapacitate you.
Physical therapy for a broken foot, a fracture, a sprain or any other kind of injury aids you to a speedy and full recovery.
And if you needed surgery, foot physical therapy represents the best way to get back to full strength. Contact TRI Physical Therapy today!
Like most people, you likely take your feet for granted — that is, until you stub your toe or experience some other kind of foot pain. When one or both feet hurt, it can be painful enough to limit your mobility. Foot pain can take you out of the game and force you to the sidelines.
Foot pain has numerous origins because feet are a complex part of your anatomy. Your pain may be from overuse, injury or inflammation in any of the bones, ligaments or tendons. One of the more common causes of foot pain is arthritis, but intense burning pain may be a sign of nerve damage.
Physical therapy offers a multi-faceted approach to healing your foot. The goal of physical therapy isn’t to help you manage the pain, but to provide you with the appropriate corrective exercises and therapies that result in you living pain-free. Physical therapy gets you off the sidelines and back into the game.
The Benefits of Physical Therapy
Your New York City physical therapist conducts a thorough assessment to determine which foot therapy may best suit your condition. The first step is the diagnosis, the cause of your foot pain. If your doctor made a diagnosis before sending you to your local physical therapy practice for treatment, your therapist still has to test your range of motion and level of pain.
During your treatment, your therapist shows you how to do specific exercises to improve your range of motion and build strength. The length of time you need foot therapy depends on the severity of your injury or medical condition. You may feel some discomfort during your physical therapy sessions, but that’s part of the healing process. The pain soon goes away.
You need to listen to your physical therapist and practice the prescribed foot exercises every day exactly as you do them in the office. Being lackadaisical about the exercises not only slows your recovery time, but may even cause your foot pain to worsen. After each session, make sure you use the RICE method: rest, ice, compression and elevation.
Types of Foot Physical Therapy
Much like a house, your body needs a strong foundation. Otherwise, other health-related issues arise over time. If you’re feeling pain in your shins, knees or hips, one possible reason is because of a weakness or injury in your foot. Pain travels up your kinetic chain from your feet to your knees, hips, shoulders and even your head, causing pain in one, multiple or even all these areas.
An aggressive physical therapy plan may include treatments such as:
- Active Release Technique (ART). The ART procedure breaks up dense collections of scar tissue called adhesions that develop when muscles in your foot and connective tissues are injured. Some of the signs that tell you have scar tissue include:
- Loss of foot strength
- Pain that increases when you exercise
- Sharp pain in the bottom of your foot near your heel
- Hampered flexibility and range of motion
- Tingling, numbness or weakness
- Graston Technique. The Graston technique is a non-invasive treatment for soft-tissue injuries where inflammation is present. A small steel instrument is rolled back and forth across the affected area to increase blood flow, break up adhesions and foster the regeneration of healthy tissue. It’s particularly effective in providing pain relief from plantar fasciitis.
- Myofascial Pain Treatment. This treatment method focuses on your fascia: the thin tissue that covers your muscles, bones and organs. This is a self-treatment that your physical therapist may recommend you do at home. You need a tennis, golf or lacrosse ball to perform myofascial release. Follow these instructions:
- Sit down in a chair.
- Place the ball under your foot.
- Roll the ball around with your foot until you find a pressure point or sensitive spot.
- Press down on the ball until the point softens.
- Hold this pressure for three-to-five minutes.
- Manual Therapy. Manual therapy manipulates your foot to get the blood flowing and work the kinks of the joints. Also called manipulative therapy, foot massage therapy has a long history of successful healing.
- Foot Exercises. Foot physical therapy exercises not only strengthen your foot, but also keep it strong, when you continue these exercises even after your foot has recovered. Exercises included in your physical therapy are:
- Toe raise, point and curl
- Big toe stretches
- Toe splays
- Toe curls
- Towel stretch, beneficial for rehabilitating a broken foot
- Tennis/lacrosse ball roll
- Achilles stretches