“I AM ABLE TO WALK AGAIN! I came here because I was in a car accident and my lawyer recommended TBTW’s great service. I started out not being able to walk without foot pain because of my achilles. I can now walk, go up steps without help and without pain. TBTW has improved my life so much. The horrible pain I once had is gone and I am able to walk again without the use of crutches. Best of all, I can now drive again. This is the best place for PT and I would recommend them to anyone needing PT. Everyone is so friendly and listens to your needs!”
– Robin Vargas, TBTW Patient
The ankle is a hinged joint formed by the meeting of three bones- the tibia, fibula and the talus. Its bony knobs on the side are known as the malleoli. All in all, the ankle is a complex structure. These structures provide stability for walking and standing. In addition, ligaments on the outside of the ankle provide stability. There are also tendons that attach to the ankles’ muscles.
What Causes Ankle Pain?
Ankle pain can be caused by a variety of conditions, such as sprain, strain, tendinitis and arthritis. Physical Therapy is often part of the rehabilitation process…
After an injury, post-traumatic arthritis can develop in the ankle or foot. Previous fractures and dislocations are the most common conditions that can lead to post-traumatic arthritis. Like osteoarthritis, the joints begin to wear away. And it may take many years for this to occur after the injury.
Physical Therapy for Foot and Ankle Pain
Physical therapists utilize a combination of therapy techniques to relieve foot pain and ankle pain. Soft tissue and joint mobilizations are done to restore muscle activation and proper joint mechanics. Manual therapy may be used to improve mobility of the ankle and foot along with reducing pain. Therapeutic exercises are targeted to the affected foot structures. Balance training may also be implemented.
Some modalities that physical therapists use to treat injuries to the foot and ankle include Deep Tissue Laser Therapy, Squid Compression, electrical stimulation, ice and heat therapy and massage. These treatment methods increase blood flow and circulation to enhance healing, reduce inflammation, reduce pain and improve mobility. When you first visit with your physical therapist, a full evaluation is done, goals are discussed and an individualized treatment plan is designed to target your specific needs.
Are you suffering from foot pain or ankle pain? Don’t delay any longer. Contact Us TODAY at Total Body Therapy & Wellness in Lillington, NC to schedule a one-on-one consultation and comprehensive evaluation. Our physical therapists have helped many other patients who suffer from ankle and foot pain and can help you, too. The path to your recovery is just a phone call away.