Injuries to the feet can be debilitating towards everyday activities. Regular activities such as walking, running, and even driving can be impeded by foot afflictions. As frustrating as they can be, physical therapy may be the right option for rehabilitation for you. Using stretching, exercises, and other forms of relief, a physical therapist can help you on your road to recovery.
There are many types of foot injuries, and many different demographics that are susceptible to these injuries. Most commonly, athletes and the elderly are injured in the feet. Two common types of injury are Plantar Fasciitis and Achilles Tendonitis. Plantar Fasciitis is when the tissue located on the bottom of the foot becomes inflamed. This is often caused by overuse. Often seen in people over the age of 40, who stand a lot at work, anyone can become afflicted. Plantar Fasciitis is treatable by physical therapy, and often resolves itself. It can take a number of years to be fully healed on it’s own, however. A physical therapist can help with icing and stretching exercises, as well as advice on how to shorten the time it takes to fully heal.
Achilles Tendonitis is frequently caused by overuse, especially in older people who have recently increased their exercise routine. Pain in the foot and ankle is the main symptom, and is heightened when either walking, running, or going up stairs. A physical therapist can treat with things such as ice, heat, and stretching to help heal your condition and lessen the pain it causes you. As with many other conditions, physical therapists are experts in planning your routine so that it puts the least amount of stress on the afflicted area as possible.
The two mentioned above are not the only two foot conditions. There are dozens of other common injuries to the feet that a physical therapist can help you treat. It is best to report any pain, discomfort, or loss of range of motion in the feet so that treatment can begin as soon as possible. Physical therapy is a preferred method of rehabilitation to surgery, as it is non-invasive, and is cost-effective. Contact a physical therapist today to see what can be done for you.
Did you know that you have Direct Access to Physical Therapy? No referral is needed. We offer the best Physical Therapy on Long Island where you can get help from our trusted and expert Physical Therapists. We have several locations on Long Island including Massapequa, Valley Stream, Wantagh and Lindenhurst. To start your Physical Therapy evaluation, call Park Physical Therapy and The Physical Therapy Alliance at (516) 568-4444.