Foot Physical Therapy
At Excel Physical Therapy, our foot physical therapy programs will get you back on your feet by helping to reduce your foot pain or other related symptoms caused by injury, surgery, arthritis and other chronic conditions, or even footwear.
Physical Therapy For Foot: What To Expect
Joint pain can be the result of a number of activities or conditions. The foot and ankle joints provide stability and help adjust to uneven surfaces. Joints absorb shock with every step and movement, so it is critical that joints remain flexible and stable.
Foot pain can be debilitating, but Excel Physical Therapy is here to help. Our physical therapists are board-certified and experienced at foot physical therapy treatment and pain reduction for a wide range of problems including:
- Pain in the foot
- Ankle sprains and fractures
- Plantar fasciitis/heel spurs
- “Flat feet” or excessive foot pronation
- Achilles tendon strains, tears or ruptures
- Lower leg cramps and pain
- Ankle joint arthritis
- Limited motion and strength after ankle and surgical foot reconstruction or ankle replacement
Osteoarthritis is one of the many common joint conditions—it’s when the foot grows bone spurs or there is a significant degeneration of cartilage. Bursitis is another common joint problem that involves fluid between muscles and tendons.
Although foot pain is relatively common, most people do not seek treatment and assume the ankle pain and discomfort will eventually disappear. Over time, avoiding treatment can change the way you stand and walk, putting excessive stress on the knee and hip joints.
Common types of foot physical therapy or treatment can include:
- Rehab after ankle surgery
- Sprained ankle rehab
- Physical therapy for foot after surgery
- Help for pain in foot
- Exercises to increase flexibility throughout lower extremities
- Therapy to increase strength of leg and foot muscles
- A review of current footwear
- An orthotics assessment to create custom arch and foot support inserts
It’s important to be evaluated if you experience ankle or foot pain—untreated injuries can affect joint function and cause recurrent pain.
At your initial appointment, an Excel physical therapist will speak with you about your experiences and discomfort. We want to better understand the foot pain or injury you are experiencing.
We want to know what you’re feeling, how long you’ve been in pain and what approaches to pain relief you have already tried. Your physical therapist will then carefully evaluate your ankle, other joints and muscles to identify the precise cause of your pain or problem.
We will consult with your primary physician if needed and review your medical history before recommending a foot physical therapy program to restore pain-free movement and strength.
How to Avoid Foot Physical Therapy and Injuries
You may be able to avoid foot or ankle pain completely by making a few lifestyle changes. The Excel Physical Therapy team can help you identify small, yet effective ways to keep your feet and ankles healthy in the long term, or, if injured, how to prevent further injury. These include:
- Warm up properly before exercising, both stretching and movement
- Wear proper footwear with adequate support
- Maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle
Schedule a full appointment or call Excel Physical Therapy at 920-233-8739 for a free consultation to discuss your pain.