Physical therapy is an important part of a comprehensive treatment plan for many painful conditions of the feet, ankles, and lower legs, including heel pain, arch pain, tendinitis, sports injuries, and more. There’s a simple reason for that—it works! In fact, we’ve found that physical therapy techniques, when included as part of a comprehensive conservative treatment plan, can provide up to a 95% success rate for our patients.
Benefits of Physical Therapy for Foot and Ankle Pain
There are many advantages to incorporating physical therapy into your foot and ankle care plan. Benefits include:
- Pain relief
- Reduction in swelling
- Increased strength, flexibility, balance, and range of motion
- Faster healing recovery from injuries
- Stress relief
Perhaps most importantly, physical therapy is a conservative treatment modality that does not require any kind of injection, incision, surgery, or medication. When simpler home-care techniques, such as rest and icing, aren’t enough to help you overcome your pain, physical therapy can provide an effective solution without resorting to surgery.
Physical Therapy Services at Walters Foot & Ankle Care
Because we’ve found physical therapy such an effective tool for treating lower leg injuries and conditions, we offer a wide variety of physical therapy services and tools at our office. Simply give us a call to schedule an appointment with our physical therapist, Michael, at a time that fits conveniently into your schedule.
Some of our advanced physical therapy specialties include:
- Swedish massage. Developed in its namesake nation, Swedish massage is one of the best known and most-employed massage modalities currently available. Techniques include circular pressure, firm kneading, percussive tapping, and long, gliding strokes. In addition to general stress relief, Swedish massage helps increase oxygen levels in the bloodstream and improves circulation, which helps relieve pain and swelling in the feet and elsewhere.
- Deep tissue massage. This is similar to Swedish massage, but with slower and firmer strokes and greater pressure designed to reach deeper layers of muscle and connective tissues. It is a great technique for rehabilitated injured muscles and can even help break up scar tissue over multiple sessions.
- Trigger point therapy. Trigger point work focuses on releasing tightness and tension in a specific location that could be causing pain throughout the body. This is common in the feet and legs, since they are your foundation. Cycles of pressure followed by release help bring relief to the trigger point.
- Muscle stimulation. This advanced technique is great for rehabilitating a lower limb injury or treating delayed-onset muscle soreness and cramping after activity. Pads are placed on the skin in specific areas to stimulate muscle contraction via electronic impulses.
- Therapeutic ultrasound. This physical therapy technique uses a hand-held applicator to deliver high-frequency sound waves into soft tissues such as muscles, ligaments, and tendons. These waves help speed up your natural healing process and relieve pain and swelling. Therapeutic ultrasound is often effective for conditions such as tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, ball of foot pain, and other inflammatory conditions.
One of the great things about physical therapy treatments is that they keep you active. Simple rest might help an injury heal, but all that downtime can have a detrimental effect on your fitness, muscle strength, and coordination. However, if you pursue physical therapy as a treatment or part of your rehabilitation after an injury or surgery, you can get back on your feet sooner and retain more strength and stability throughout the processes.
To make an appointment with Dr. Walters or our physical therapist, Michael, please request a time online or give us a call at (773) 586-0050 today.