Heal Foot Pain With Physical Therapy
Many people suffer from foot pain. At Cross Bay Physical Therapy, we apply Physical Therapy to help our patients end this daily foot pain for good. Foot pain can be spurred by increased activity on one’s feet and if the feet are ill-prepared, it can lead to heel pain, plantar fasciitis, or Achilles Tendinitis.
There are several causes of this foot pain but mostly it has to do with improper footwear and weak feet. If you have a high arched foot or flat feet, than you may not be wearing the right shoes for your foot shape. Your shoes can actually be instigating a painful foot condition.
Also, the in soles that you get in the store bough shoe are for a generic “average” foot shape. They are made for the masses but since everyone has a different foot shape, these in soles may not be supporting your feet properly and contributing to your foot pain.
The first step is to make sure you are wearing the right footwear for your feet. Once you know this, than you can work on correcting the painful foot condition. Applying Physical Therapy or a combination of strengthening exercises, stretches, and therapeutic modalities such as soft tissue massage, will help relieve your foot condition.
In a foot condition, the muscles surrounding the feet are tight and the foot muscles are weak. By correcting this, you can effectively create a healthy foot.
Here are some examples of exercise to strengthen your feet:
- Plantar Fascia Band Strengthening - Stand barefoot on a carpeted surface. Place a penny under the big toe joint of each foot. Then place a pen under the middle of the arch of your foot, not touching your foot. Then push down into the penny with ONLY the big toe joint. Do as many as you can, preferably 100 squeezes. This wills strengthen underneath your foot giving it the strength it needs to support your foot shape.
- Walking Barefoot - Walk for 50 meters barefoot. First walk on your toes, than your heals, than the side of your foot, than the inside of your foot. This will strengthen the muscles of your feet.
- Calf Stretch - Stretching the calf is important to provide the foot a loose atmosphere to heal as tightness will contribute to sustaining foot pain and injury. You may want to direct the stretchy toward the bottom of the calf by rotating the foot inwards to get more of a stretch in your Achilles Tendon area. Keep the calf loose to help the foot heal.
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It is important to see one of our physical therapists because they will teach you, help you, and show you exactly what you need to do to alleviate foot pain and repair any foot injury.
Call 718-835-0754 and schedule your appointment today!
By Benjamin Bieber