Physical Therapy and Foot Health

When people hear the term physical therapy, they might think about professional or collegiate athletes hurt during a game. This makes sense because these injuries are fairly well-communicated and monitored, especially in our world of 24/7 news cycles. Plus, physical therapy plays an integral role in enabling athletes to get back to the game in a safe manner.

Now, we sometimes hear about trainers pushing athletes back into the field too quickly, like the one from Texas A&M who admitted as much on HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, but bodies need to heal after injury, and physical therapy is important for this. (We hope the Longhorns’ training staff keeps that in mind!)

Physical therapy and foot health are related (even for non-professional and collegiate athletes). Although our doctors are highly educated, double-board certified, and consistently perform successful surgical procedures for patients when needed, we first try to treat conditions with the use of conservative methods. Physical therapy is one such option we may incorporate into a patient’s treatment plan.

A prime example of this is treatment for arthritic conditions. When a patient comes to see us for arthritis, we may include physical therapy exercises and stretches. These are considered within the medical field to be the best form of conservative care for relieving arthritic pain and symptoms.

Although physical therapy is a nonsurgical form of treatment for certain ailments, it can also be used to help a patient recover from foot or ankle surgery. Exercises and stretches are important for improving muscle strength, flexibility, and range of motion. Also, exercise promotes healthy blood circulation, which an injured body part definitely needs to heal in the most efficient manner. Our practice also offers additional services, like platelet-rich plasma injections, to assist your body while it recovers from injury or a surgical procedure.

Whether or not physical therapy is part of your treatment plan, our foot experts at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists are committed to providing the best lower limb care in our community. To schedule your appointment, or for additional information on how physical therapy might play a valuable role in your foot health, give us a call at (512) 328-8900 and our staff will be glad to assist. Of course, you can also request a visit at our Austin, TX offices online right now.
Dr. Shine John, DPM, FACFAS
Podiatric Physician, Surgeon, Specialist at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists
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