Physical Therapy For Leg and Foot Pain
Have you ever considered physical therapy for your leg and foot pain? Therapy offers a drug-free way to ease your pain and makes it easier to regain full use of your foot or leg. Physical therapists Mohinder Chawdry and Kristy Penick of Total Health Center in Battle Creek and Lake Odessa, MI, share some information about common leg and foot conditions and physical therapy treatments.
Conditions physical therapy can help
Physical therapy performed at our Battle Creek and Lake Odessa offices can be helpful for a variety of conditions, including these ones:
- Plantar Fasciitis: When the fascia at the bottom of your foot becomes tight and inflamed, heel pain can occur. Physical therapy sessions focus on decreasing your pain with heat, cold and ultrasound. Manipulation and special stretches and exercises help loosen the tight fascia.
- Fractures: Physical therapy sessions after a foot, ankle or leg fracture focus on improving flexibility, strengthening the muscles that surround and support the bone and ensuring that your gait returns to normal.
- Knee Replacement: Swelling after surgery can make it difficult to move your knee and walk normally. During your sessions, your therapist will use heat, cold, ultrasound, electrical stimulation and other treatments that reduce swelling and pain. In addition to improving muscle strength and range of motion, physical therapy also focuses on balance and gait.
- Ligament Injuries: Ligament injuries are particularly common in athletes. In addition to stretching and strengthening exercises, you'll also work on exercises that will help you play your sport without causing further strain or injury to your ligaments.
- Achilles Tendon Conditions: Your doctor may refer you to a physical therapist if you develop Achilles tendinitis, tendonosis or a tear in your Achilles tendon. Although therapy methods will vary based on the severity of your injury, your therapist may include massage, ultrasound, stretching and resistance band exercises, plus functional training that will help you avoid Achilles tendon trauma in the future.
Every step you take doesn't have to be uncomfortable, thanks to physical therapy for leg and foot pain. Call Mohinder and Kristy of Total Health Center in Battle Creek, MI, (269) 968-0888 and Lake Odessa, MI, (616) 374-0099 to schedule an appointment.