How Physical Therapy Can Help Your Feet

How Physical Therapy Can Help Your Feet

There are lots of reasons you might need physical therapy to support your feet. You might be recovering from an acute injury, healing after surgery, or living with a chronic condition that negatively affects your feet.

No matter why you need physical therapy, you can rely on Dr. Stephen Eichelsdorfer and our team of podiatry experts at Town Center Foot & Ankle of Kingwood and Atascocita, Texas. 

Dr. Ike, as he’s known to his patients, can help you to better understand the ways that physical therapy could improve the condition of your feet. Here’s what you need to know about physical therapy for foot problems.

Who needs podiatric physical therapy?

If your feet need to heal, recover, or realign, physical therapy is one of the best tools in the kit for improving your condition. Physical therapy can also help patients improve balance and prevent older patients from falls and stumbles. Physical therapy provides a noninvasive, all-natural, low-impact way to improve strength, flexibility, and alignment.

You might need physical therapy for your feet as part of a larger rehabilitative program. If you’ve had foot surgery or experienced a traumatic foot injury, physical therapy forms a key part of your healing process. 

Sports-related foot injuries often require physical therapy. And with physical therapy, you can be assured of healing properly, the first part of getting back into competitive condition.

If you have a chronic condition that causes foot pain, such as fibromyalgia, arthritis, or peripheral neuropathy, physical therapy may be able to improve your condition and relieve your symptoms.

The benefits of physical therapy for your feet

Physical therapy increases your joint stability, which protects your feet from reinjury or further damage. Physical therapy also keeps your joints from stiffening, which is essential if you’re living with a chronic condition that affects your feet.

The many small bones, tendons, and joints in your feet need to be correctly aligned in order to work properly, without friction, irritation, or pain. Physical therapy helps your feet regain proper alignment, ensuring that you move effectively in ways that reduce future wear-and-tear.

Physical therapy is an essential part of any major healing process. With physical therapy, you can break down scar tissue and make sure that your feet heal right after a surgery or injury.

Putting together your custom physical therapy plan

Dr. Eichelsdorfer bases your physical therapy treatment plan on your symptoms, diagnosis, and unique care needs. He takes your pain levels into account and works with you to make sure you’re not overstressing your feet, while still building strength and flexibility.

Your physical therapy sessions include targeted stretches and exercises that address areas of concern in your feet. Dr. Ike may also recommend that your physical therapy include other modalities like:

Staying on top of your physical therapy treatment

When it comes to physical therapy, your commitment level and follow-through make a big difference. In order to see best results, complete your entire course of treatment, and perform all exercises at home as directed between your treatment sessions.

Most of Dr. Ike’s patients need about 2-3 physical therapy sessions each week for a month or more. You may need more frequent treatment for severe injuries or damage. Dr. Eichelsdorfer monitors your progress throughout and can let you know if you’re still on track for full recovery.

To learn more about physical therapy for your feet contact us online or over the phone now.

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