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.
The 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.