Foot and ankle pain can make it difficult to walk or go about your normal activities without discomfort. If you suffer from foot or ankle pain, Feel Good Physical Therapy in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, New York, offers a broad spectrum of noninvasive, hands-on treatments. Led by Gregory Trakhtenberg, MPT, the team offers effective, reliable pain relief. To schedule your visit, call or book online today.
Common causes of foot and ankle pain include:
Osteoarthritis occurs when your joints begin to break down. Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis and causes symptoms like tenderness, swelling, and loss of flexibility. There are a number of factors that can increase your risk of developing osteoarthritis, including age, obesity, injuries, and certain activities. Sports or jobs that place repetitive stress on the joints in your feet and ankles can eventually lead to osteoarthritis.
Although osteoarthritis can’t be reversed, with the right treatment plan, you can control your symptoms and preserve the function of your joints.
Plantar fasciitis is a condition that occurs when the tissues along the bottom of your feet become irritated and inflamed. Plantar fasciitis causes stabbing heel pain that is typically felt first thing in the morning or after long periods of sitting or standing. Repeated stress can cause the tissues in the bottom of your feet to stretch and tear, resulting in painful plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is very common among runners and joggers. If left untreated, plantar fasciitis can change the way you walk, leading to problems with your hips, knees, and back.
The Achilles tendon is a group of tissue that connects your calf muscle to your heel bone. Achilles tendinitis is a type of overuse injury that occurs when repetitive stress is placed on the Achilles tendon. Without proper treatment, Achilles tendinitis can weaken your Achilles tendon, eventually leading to an Achilles tendon rupture.
Before you begin treatment, your physical therapist performs an examination to determine the cause of your foot or ankle pain. During the examination, your physical therapist performs a physical exam and discusses your symptoms, recent activities, and medical history.
During the physical exam, your physical therapist feels for any tenderness, warmth, or other abnormalities. Determining the location of your foot or ankle pain can help determine the underlying cause. After your examination, your physical therapist works with you to develop the right treatment plan.
Physical therapists specialize in a number of noninvasive, hands-on treatments designed to reduce pain and restore normal function. Depending on your needs, your physical therapist may include a number of therapeutic exercises and manual techniques to effectively treat your condition.
Physical therapy offers you a simple and effective way to address your foot and ankle pain without the need for invasive or risky procedures. To speak with a physical therapist about your foot or ankle pain, call Feel Good Physical Therapy or book an appointment online today.