No one enjoys the pain and inconvenience of an injury. Not only does it hurt at the moment, it can impact the way you move around and go about your daily activities for a while afterward. When your feet are in pain, your mobility is affected. Unless the problem is addressed, the injury may not heal properly, leaving you weaker or with chronic pain. Even after surgery to correct a problem, the feet can have a hard time returning to their normal strength and motion, which opens you to future damage. Fortunately, physical therapy can build up your body after an injury to help prevent all that.
Therapy for Feet?
Physical therapy involves targeted stretches and exercises to improve your body’s function. It can help you recover from an injury and prevent future ones, as well as manage chronic pain. The general goal is to get you to a point where you are able to perform normal, everyday activities with little or no discomfort. Depending on your needs, physical therapy can focus on improving range of motion, relaxing stressed areas, and building up strength and endurance in specific muscle groups.
Though you might not think of doing exercises for your feet, they can make a big difference for reducing discomfort and helping you bounce back after an injury. Your feet have soft tissues in them, just like anywhere else in your body, so they can be targeted for specific exercises to improve function. Physical therapy can be helpful for almost any foot injury, from fractures and connective tissue tears to overuse injuries like tendonitis.
Developing a Plan
Which exercises will work best for you depends on your specific pain and individual body. The doctors at Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona will examine your feet following an injury and help you determine how to best treat it so the damaged tissues are able to heal, and then monitor your progress. As your condition improves, if physical therapy will help restore your strength and mobility, you will be given a list of exercises and stretches to target specific structures within your feet. The plan will include how often and for how long you should be performing these various movements.
Remember to perform all the exercises you are given for the recommended length of time to avoid re-injury. You may feel that your body has returned to full strength before it is ready to handle the stress of your activities—especially if you participate in sports. Don’t try something your feet can’t quite handle yet. The experts at Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona will advise you about what regular activities you can perform, and how strenuously, until you return to normal health.
If you’re struggling with chronic pain or have had an injury to your feet or ankles, don’t ignore it. Working to restore your strength, endurance, and range of motion can help reduce or eliminate your pain and regain your mobility. Pain doesn’t have to control your life. Instead of just hoping the problem will go away if you rest it enough, contact Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona for an appointment or more information. Call either of our two offices—(480) 963-9000 for the Chandler location, (480) 981-1800 for the Gilbert office. You can also visit the online contact page or send us a fax at (480) 963-0375 for Chandler or (480) 981-0229 for Gilbert to reach us.