Are your aches and pains holding you back from participating in springtime activities? Do you wish you could be more active but are afraid of reinjuring your foot or ankle?
At Austin Manual Therapy, we understand how frustrating this can be. Thankfully, a solution can be found in physical therapy. Our therapists are movement experts who can help you recover from a foot or ankle injury and even show you how to avoid one in the first place.
Springtime is finally here, and with it comes to a renewed sense of energy and drive to reach your fitness goals! After a long winter of being stuck inside, it’s more important than ever to stay on top of your health and make sure you’re engaging in physical activities.
However, at Austin Manual Therapy, we understand that painful conditions can prevent you from initiating the steps needed for a healthy and active lifestyle. If you need an extra push to get ready to engage in your favorite springtime activity, physical therapy can help.
Request an appointment with our Austin, TX clinic today to learn more about how we can help you with pain relief and injury recovery this spring!
The ins and outs of foot and ankle pain
Your feet and your ankles are complex mechanical structures that must work together in harmony in order to function at their optimal level. The ankle joint consists of three bones that all must interact with one another correctly, along with the various connective tissues that hold the assembly of the joint together, according to the Arthritis Foundation.
The foot is even more complex, containing approximately two dozen bones, 30 joints, and over 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Because there are many complicated structures that make up your feet and ankles, pain in those areas is very common.
An injury to your foot or ankle can result in pain so severe that you avoid putting the weight down on your foot. This leaves you with only two options; hopping around, risking injury to your other foot, or worse, being stuck in a chair, unable to go anywhere and take care of yourself or others. Even mild pain can cause physical limitations to your daily life. Fortunately, physical therapy can help.
Treating foot pain conditions with physical therapy
Rehabilitation should start immediately to ensure the fastest recovery possible after an injury or development of pain.
Our physical therapists are experts at treating foot pain and will conduct a thorough evaluation to determine the injury’s severity. We will perform a hands-on assessment and a gait analysis to identify any other weaknesses or limitations that may affect your walking, stability, strength, or overall function.
Next, your therapist at Austin Manual Therapy will create a targeted, individualized care plan to promote accelerated recovery and future injury prevention. We will develop an individualized program that includes:
- Pain relief techniques
- Targeted manual techniques
- Individualized mobility work
- Strengthening exercises
- Dynamic movements including balance, coordination, and gait training
- The use of any modality that may help, including e-stim, ultrasound, laser, and shockwave therapies.
The goal of physical therapy is to improve mobility, restore function, reduce pain, and prevent further injury. This is accomplished thanks to various methods, including exercises, stretches, traction, electrical stimulation, and massage.
Ready to get back on your feet? Contact Austin Manual Therapy today
For those of us without foot and ankle pain, it’s easy to take our feet for granted. We go about our days walking from place to place and getting active without a second thought. But for anyone who is suffering from chronic foot or ankle pain, something as simple as standing might be an extreme hardship.
If you’re searching for pain relief from a foot or ankle injury this spring, look no further. Austin Manual Therapy in Austin, TX is here to help you feel better, one step at a time. Our therapists utilize a range of treatment options in order to help you find relief from your foot and ankle pain.
Our therapists are caring, knowledgeable professionals who will be happy to assess your condition and create a customized treatment plan to lead you through recovery. Don’t wait any longer to seek out treatment, contact our clinic today to request an appointment and be ready for the approaching season!