When you are suffering from lot of pain around your ankle/foot area and has been to few doctors, tried some conservative methods but not ready for any surgical procedure ask your doctor if you are candidate for physical therapy. There are several foot conditions, which can be helped by skilled therapy.
Physical therapy can make difference in your quality of lifestyle and improve your condition significantly if it’s done in right manner. Physical therapy is not quick fix but it helps lot of patient in achieving their pre conditional functional level in few weeks, which varies depends on your condition. All these years we are working in orthopedic outpatient setting.
Here are some conditions listed with their general treatment plan which helped a patient to recover from his condition.
Planter Fasciitis/ Heel pain:
This is the most common foot condition where patient has complain of pain across their bottom of heel while walking, standing which usually gets worst when getting up after sitting, lying down for a while.
Usually pain is treated by injections; oral medication and some doctors might give orthotics. If all these methods fails and patient still having pain they might be very good candidate of physical therapy.
We normally use Ice pack, E-stem, Soft tissue massage, Ultrasound for modalities. We also work on flexibility exercise, which mainly involve gastocnemius and soleus muscle. We also do tapping in stubborn cases and advice patient on their footwear and life style which make big difference at times. These goes along with patient home exercise program which was designed for him. If everything is done right most of the patient sees significant improvements.
Physical therapy has expertise including cardiopulmonary, geriatrics, neurologic, orthopedic and pediatrics. Physical therapist practice in many settings, such as outpatient clinics or offices, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, skilled nursing facilities, extended care facilities, private homes, education and research centers, schools, hospices, industrial workplaces or other occupational environments, fitness centers and sports training facilities.
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