Rehab for Foot and Leg Pain
Pain in the feet, ankles and legs is especially bothersome, with the potential to limit our activity and mobility. But don’t jump to expensive surgeries or other painful treatments – Try Therapy First!
What causes Foot and Leg Pain?
While there are many possible causes of lower leg and foot pain, sometimes simple over-use is the culprit. While your primary care doctor can diagnose the cause of your pain, some common conditions that produce foot, ankle or leg pain include:
- Plantar Fasciitis: This is a condition characterized by swelling of the Plantar Fascia (a thick band of tissue connecting the heel bone to the toes) and chronic heel pain, usually in the early morning. Pain can return throughout the day, following long periods of stand or after rising from a seated position. Runners are especially susceptible, as well as those who are overweight or wear shoes with inadequate support.
- Ankle Sprain: Because the ankle is a complicated joint, with many bones coming together, there is increased opportunity for injury. The most common ligament injury is the inversion ankle sprain. This occurs when the ankle is pointed down and inward at the time of injury.
- Shin Splints: Shin splints commonly affect individuals engaging in frequent, high-stress physical activities. Shin splint pain occurs on the inner edge of the shinbone, between the knee and ankle. This pain occurs when the excessive force of the afflicting activities cause the muscles to swell and press against the bone. It can also be caused by a stress-reaction to tiny cracks in the bone, resulting from those same activities. If not appropriately cared for, those cracks can escalate to a stress or even complete fracture.
How can Physical Therapy help my Foot and Leg Pain?
Whether from surgery, injury or simple stress, stretching and strengthening exercise is a primary focus for proper healing. Thorough assessment of the foot and ankle biomechanics is crucial to maximizing recovery and prevention of re-injury. The Therapists at PTS are skillfully trained in walking analysis and have the tools to properly evaluate and treat foot, ankle and leg pain. In addition to an individualized conditioning program, PTS Therapists may use taping, foot orthotics and deep tissue friction massage to treat and prevent further lower extremity injuries. When begun early, physical therapy can drastically reduce the possible need for surgery and other expensive treatments, saving you money and recovery time. At PTS, our Physical Therapists will provide a comprehensive evaluation, as well as design a customized therapy plan to reduce your pain and enable you to achieve your goals. With comprehensive therapy and rehabilitation, you’ll be back to enjoying a more mobile and active lifestyle in no time at all.
Questions? Contact your closest Outpatient Clinic for more information. Contact us to see how we can help YOU today! Although no physician referral is needed to see a physical therapist, some insurance companies may require a referral for coverage.