What’s Causing Your Foot and Ankle Pain?
Physical Therapy for Your Feet and Ankles: Kicking the Pain
The amount of time we spend on our feet on any given day is extraordinary. Because of this, if you are suffering from foot or ankle pain, your daily life can suddenly become impacted. Physical therapy has been proven to help with the rehabilitation of injured feet and ankles, in addition to providing relief for both acute and chronic pain. Contact Athletic Advantage Physical Therapy today to speak with one of our licensed physical therapists and learn more about how our services can benefit you!
There are a variety of reasons why foot or ankle pain may occur, but our physical therapists at Athletic Advantage Physical Therapy can help you get back on your feet.
How does foot and ankle pain develop?
It is no secret that both your feet and ankles are very complex structures. They must work together in harmony in order to function at their optimal levels.The ankle consists of three bones that all must interact with one another correctly, in addition to the various connective tissues that hold the assembly of the joint together.
However, it may come as a surprise that the foot is an even more complex part of the body than the ankle. The foot is comprised of approximately two dozen bones, 30 joints, and over 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Due to all the complicated structures that make up your feet and ankles, pain felt in those areas is extremely common. Whether your pain is mild or severe, serious limitations can be put on your daily life. We work with a large dance population, largely made up of ballet and contemporary dancers. If you are a dancer with foot or ankle pain, please visit our dance rehabilitation page.
Physical therapy for foot and ankle pain:
Our physical therapy practice provides treatment for both acute and chronic foot and ankle pain. At your initial appointment, one of our physical therapists will conduct a thorough examination in order to form a diagnosis regarding what is causing your pain. From there, they will create an individualized treatment plan for your specific needs.
Acute injuries are typically prescribed R.I.C.E treatments (rest, ice, compression, and elevation) for the first few days, in order to make sure that any swelling subsides before your treatment plan begins. After that, you can begin more specialized treatments.
Treatment plans typically include targeted stretches and exercises in order to strengthen the foot and ankle muscles, improve balance, and restore joint mobility. Additional treatment methods may include trigger point dry needling, manual therapy, instrument assisted soft tissue massage (IASTM) or low level laser therapy. Contact Athletic Advantage Physical Therapy at Allen, TX.