Foot and Ankle Treatment

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Foot Pain Treatment

The foot and ankle are arguably two of the most important joints in our bodies.  SportsCare Physical Therapy recognizes this, and we take great care and pride in helping you return to an active lifestyle after foot and ankle injury.

We work closely with area physicians, athletic trainers and surgeons to help you regain full Range of Motion, Strength, Balance, Agility and Speed.  All which are necessary for every day life or professional level competition.

Injury types we treat:

  • Sports Injuries
  • Everyday Injuries
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Workman’s Compensation injuries

Common diagnosis’ we treat:

  • Total Ankle Replacements (TAR)
  • Arthritis
  • Osteochondral Injuries and surgery
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Bunions
  • Ankle fractures
  • Ligament sprains and tendonitis
  • Achilles tendon sprains and ruptures

First some basic anatomy:

Foot and Ankle Bones

There are 28 bones and 25 joints in your ankle and foot making this is a busy and complicated area of the human body! Each bone and joint are crucial for walking, adaption and accommodation to changing ground surfaces, and allowing us to turn and move in different directions.

The two lower leg bones (tibia and fibula) form the inside and outside “bumps” that you typically consider to be your “ankle bones.“ The talus bone sits up in between the ends of the leg bones and allows your foot to move up and down – tapping your toes motion. The calcaneus (heel bone) along with the front half of the foot lets our ankle rock back and forth.

There are a number of muscles, tendons and ligaments that help hold the bones and joints together. Each one creates a specific movement and must work properly so you can perform all the activities you enjoy!

Treatment types:

  • AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill. This special treadmill allows you to begin rehabilitation sooner than normal by letting you walk forward/backwards or jog at less than full body weight!
  • Kinesio Tape. We have the skill and knowledge to apply kinesio tape to help support your foot and ankle while progressing in your rehab program. This is especially helpful for plantar fasciitis.
  • Eccentric Exercise. Beneficial for tendon injuries – especially Achilles tendon recovery.
  • Superfeet Orthotics. We have more than a dozen distinct types of orthotics designed for most foot and lower body injuries.
  • Plyometrics. Advanced training for return to explosive and agility related activity.
  • Proprioception. Regaining your balance and control after a fracture or ligament injury.
  • Hands-On Techniques/Manual Therapy. We help restore normal joint movement and help relieve pain using specific manual techniques. Massage is effective in decreasing swelling and pain.
  • Intermittent Compression with Cold. SportsCare uses Game Ready and Normatec to help flush-out even the most stubborn swelling.

These are just a few of the ways SportsCare Physical Therapy will help you recover faster and return to the things you love. We would appreciate the opportunity to talk with you about your injury, so please feel free to call or visit one of our clinics!

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