Physical therapy treatment addresses foot pain by assessing the muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, bones, and joints in that region of the body. Foot pain may also accompany lower leg, knee, ankle pain, or secondary problems with diabetes or stroke. Common causes of foot pain include plantar fasciitis, bunions, fallen arches, fracture, and arthritis. Poor shoe wear and fit, aging, and overweight are factors contributing to foot pain. You should seek a physical therapist to relieve your foot pain if you have difficulty walking or running, stiffness in your feet, especially in the morning, pain in your heels, or weakness. Your physical therapist can evaluate your walking/running pattern (gait analysis), custom fit you with orthotics, assess your
shoe wear, and instruct you on proper stretching and
strengthening to address muscle imbalances
in the ankle/foot.
When is the best
time to start
Typically, treatment should begin as early as possible. Treating a problem early helps to prevent it from becoming chronic and in the prevention of future problems.
freedom to move
Your Right to Choose
The decision of where you go to receive treatment is
yours. If you have a specific therapist or practice you
would like to go to, you should let your doctor or
insurance company know this. Not all physical
therapists or practices are the same and the choice
of your provider is yours.