Foot Pain

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Physical Therapy for Foot Pain

Twenty-six bones. One-hundred muscles. Tendons. Ligaments.

You could say the human foot is a pretty complex part of our bodies. It has to be. It’s what bears the most weight in every activity of life.

When there’s pain in the foot – from bunions, pronation, fallen arches, an acute injury, plantar fasciitis or cramping muscles – it can impact the rest of the body. In fact, a number of hip, knee and even low back problems can be linked to foot and ankle dysfunction.

But you can resolve these problems with a thorough evaluation by a physical therapist and follow- up with a treatment plan that could include the following:

  • prescribed exercises
  • hands-on manual therapy treatments to help regain full strength and range of motion
  • stretches
  • balance building activities
  • properly prescribed orthotics (custom orthotics and semi-custom shoe inserts)

A custom physical therapy treatment plan to eliminate foot and ankle dysfuntion and subsequent hip, knee and back pain may include the following goals:

  • eliminate stress and strain to reduce the inflammation of the tissue
  • reduce pain via modalities such as ultrasound and electronic stimulation
  • restore normal foot and ankle biomechanics
  • return maximum muscle strength
  • correct improper gait
  • patient education for future self management techniques

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Considering physical therapy for foot pain? Find a physical therapy clinic near you and make an appointment to get an evaluation.

Many of the physical therapists at Tidewater Physical Therapy Inc. hold Direct Access Certification through the Virginia Board of Physical Therapy allowing them to evaluate and treat patients without a prescription. As part of your healthcare team, a physical therapist will make an assessment of your condition and create a plan to start you on the road to wellness. Our team will communicate with your physician of record and obtain a referral, if necessary, for your continued treatment. We will also work with your insurance carrier to make sure services are covered by your plan.