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Physical Therapy for Pain Relief

Physical therapy is one of the best available remedies for a wide variety of painful foot, ankle, and lower limb conditions and injuries—particularly in cases where pain is chronic or you’re rehabbing an injury. This field of medicine uses physical, mechanical movements and pressure to alleviate tension and stress, reduce pain, heal damaged and injured tissue, and improve your physical capabilities.

physical therapyThe physical therapist will first identify both the causes and locations of pain, stiffness, and mobility loss. Then, he or she will select the techniques and exercises best suited to addressing those problems, as well as guide you through stretches you can perform at home to continue your recovery.

Take massage, for example. Our staff physical therapist, Michael, is skilled in several techniques, including Swedish, deep tissue, and trigger point work. Most people enjoy massages because they feel good and promote emotional well being and stress relief, but massage is also a great physical therapy tool. It increases oxygen and blood flow, stretches and relaxes tight connective tissues, stimulates natural healing, and even breaks up old scar tissue.

Of course, there are many other forms of physical therapy, but all are based on using mechanical, physical movements to bring pain relief. This can include high-tech therapies, like electronic muscle stimulation and therapeutic ultrasound. But it also includes much more simple, traditional remedies, such as practicing simple stretches and exercises you can do at home, with little or no special equipment.

Not many podiatrists can say they offer an on-staff physical therapist to help you with your foot and ankle pain. We do, because we know it works. We always strive to do what’s best for every patient that walks through our door, and physical therapy can usually help you eliminate your pain and recover from injury without needing an expensive hospital visit or surgery.

To find out more, or to schedule an appointment with podiatrist Daniel J. Walters or Michael, our physical therapist, please call (773) 586-0050. The best times to call are Monday between 10:45 a.m. and 4:45 p.m., or Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. or 4:30 p.m. or 7 p.m.

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Benefits of Physical Therapy

Physical therapy—the science and art of using mechanical movement to relieve pain, heal injuries, and rehabilitate function—is one of the most effective conservative treatment options for foot, ankle, and leg pain. It’s also an important part of what we do here at Daniel J. Walters Foot & Ankle Care.

Benefits of Physical TherapyWhy do we stress physical therapy so much as a treatment option? Simple. It provides many significant benefits to patients with a wide range of physical conditions. You can use physical therapy to:

  • Reduce or eliminate pain.
  • Build (or regain) strength, flexibility, and range of motion after an injury. Getting muscles, connective tissues, and joints working again helps improve your mobility and protect vulnerable joints from getting hurt again. It will also enable you to enjoy more active lifestyles.
  • Heal faster. Physical therapy can significantly shorten recovery time after an injury or surgery. Often it accomplishes this by improving blood flow to affected areas so they get more oxygen and nutrients.
  • Improve balance. Falls are one of the costliest preventable accidents in America, especially among older populations. Physical therapy helps keep you steady on your feet so you can stay active.
  • Resist the effects of aging. No one lives forever, but those who exercise and practice physical therapy can prevent or delay problems like arthritis and osteoporosis, and even keep brain function and senses sharper.
  • Manage conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, and neuropathy. Regular exercise and physical therapy is a great way to help you keep blood sugar under control, nerves healthy, and arteries clear.
  • Avoid surgery. When combined with other conservative treatments, physical therapy can often help you relieve painful foot conditions without the need for surgery.
  • Reduce stress and improve mood. Our physical therapy services involve several types of massage, including Swedish, deep tissue, and trigger point work. In addition to the physical benefits, the mental and stress-relief benefits of massage can be significant!

We have found physical therapy to have a success rate approaching 95% when we prescribe it for a foot or ankle problem you may be experiencing. Instead of an expensive surgery with a long recovery period, the work of our physical therapist, Michael, is often more than enough to help get you past your pain and on your way.

To schedule an appointment with our foot doctor or physical therapist, please call our office in the Garfield Ridge neighborhood of Chicago at (773) 586-0050.

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