When a foot injury makes it difficult to walk without pain, you may need physical therapy to decrease pain, manipulate injured tissue, and increase muscle and tendon flexibility and joint mobility. At Individual Physical Therapy in Gillette, New Jersey, the team offers comprehensive care for foot-related conditions, including plantar fasciitis and arthritis. They provide both diagnostic and treatment services to alleviate chronic foot pain and make walking, running, and playing sports possible. Schedule a consultation online or by phone to learn more about treating foot pain with physical therapy.
There are a variety of factors that can contribute to ongoing pain in your feet. Injury or disease can affect the tendons, ligaments, and bones in the feet, resulting in ongoing pain and difficulties standing or walking.
Common issues that can cause foot pain include:
Your provider can determine the best course of treatment to relieve foot pain based on your diagnosis and the severity of your condition.
Plantar fasciitis is a condition that occurs when the thick band of tissue that connects your heel bone to your toes becomes inflamed due to overuse. This inflammation can lead to a chronic, stabbing pain in your heel that makes standing or walking difficult.
The plantar fascia tissue may become irritated or inflamed due to overuse or strenuous activities. You may be at increased risk for developing plantar fasciitis if you’re over the age of 40, are overweight, or spend a lot of time standing on hard surfaces.
You may also injure the plantar fascia tissue if you participate in a lot of physical activities that require jumping, running, or dancing.
The team at Individual Physical Therapy is highly experienced in treating foot pain relating to plantar fasciitis. They can teach you a variety of exercises that stretch the muscles in your foot and in your lower leg. Some exercises are most beneficial when you perform them first thing in the morning when you get out of bed.
You may benefit from the use of splints that help stretch the arch of your foot and your calf muscle while you sleep. Splinting holds your leg in a certain position to ensure adequate stretching.
With plantar fasciitis and other foot-related pain, your provider may recommend manually based treatments to break up scar tissue, realign muscle fibers, and promote increased blood supply to the affected areas.
To learn more about treating plantar fasciitis and other foot-related conditions, book a consultation online or call the office in Gillette directly.