Foot Pain & Ankle Pain Relief Fairbanks, AK

Foot and Ankle Pain Relief

When your feet hurt, your whole body hurts. There is no other part of your body that is put under so much constant pressure. Your feet are tasked with supporting your entire body’s weight, as you walk around your office, run around town, and jump through hoops, your feet are left holding you up. And how do you repay your feet for this favor? By cramming them in shoes that are too tight, too tall, and barely supportive.

Foot pain is one of the most common forms of pain that people experience. Most adults will experience foot pain at least once in their life. Unfortunately, once the pain begins it is difficult to overcome it, as it isn’t always possible to take pressure off your feet by staying off of them completely.

Your feet and ankles are a few of the most complex parts of the body, each made up of a series of bones, tendons and muscles that are all just as important as the next. Injury to a single bone or a single muscle can cause a rippling effect of pain, causing the entire foot and ankle to hurt. What’s worse, foot and ankle pain often worsens over time, meaning that the longer you attempt to cope with the pain, the more damage you may be inflicting on yourself.

Physical Therapy for Foot and Ankle Pain

Foot pain often develops as a result of injury, but sometimes, even after that initial injury heals, the foot pain can linger. Constant stress on the feet and ankles can cause pain to develop in the knees, hips and even the lower back. For this reason, it is important to address foot pain before it becomes something more substantial.

Common causes of foot and ankle pain include:

  • Arthritis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Sprained ankles
  • Collapsed arches
  • Sports injuries
  • Mobility issues such as falling

Physical therapy is considered one of the most effective methods of treatment for addressing foot pain. Your physical therapist can target the exact cause of your foot pain, treat it through gentle, manual therapy, and teach you precise exercises that can help you maintain the relief and overcome chronic pain.

How Physical Therapy Can Help

Physical therapy is one of the most proven ways to overcome chronic pain in the ankles and feet. Your physical therapist will guide you through a series of stretches and targeted exercises that are designed to help alleviate pressure in the joints and muscles, helping your feet and ankles to heal and for you to begin living free of pain.

While physical therapy is an effective form of pain management, this form of treatment is typically not reliant on pain medications. This means that the work that you do with your physical therapist can help you actually recover from an injury, rather than simply find ways to mask the pain. Physical therapy is often recommended following surgery, especially joint surgery, as it can help you rebuild strength in problematic areas and address the cause of your discomfort, allowing you to live free of pain.

Our team of licensed and experienced physical therapists can help you learn how to overcome the pain in your life with specialized and targeted exercises that are customized to your individual needs. For more information about physical therapy for ankle and foot pain, or to schedule an appointment, please contact us at Fairbanks, AK Center.