We usually hear about physical therapy in the context of recoveries after surgery or an injury, but there are actually a wide range of ways that it can benefit people who are suffering from discomfort or pain. At Your Next Step, we often prescribe physical therapy to address conditions such as plantar fasciitis, sports injuries, flat feet, arthritis, bunions, and chronic ankle instability.
Physical therapy uses a combination of treatments to best address an individual’s ailments, including manual therapy, exercises, stretches, taping, electrical stimulation, heat and cold therapies, ultrasound, and diathermy (using high frequency electrical currents to stimulate healing).
The following are common benefits of physical therapy:
- Reduce pain and discomfort – Physical therapists can help reduce inflammation and pain through a combination of methods.
- Increase mobility – Performing exercises, stretches and massages can lead to increased range of motion and flexibility.
- Avoid surgery – Physical therapy is considered a conservative method and can often help avoid more invasive treatments like surgery.
- Strengthen tissues – For many injuries, the necessary rest to heal can lead to weakened muscles and tissues. Physical therapy can help rebuild the strength and stability to regain normal movements and to avoid future injuries.
- Prevent falls – For many people, their injuries stem from having balance problems. Physical therapy can address the underlying issues and increase stability in the ankles to avoid future falls.
Since physical therapy is tailored to each individual’s specific needs, it can be beneficial to most people seeking podiatric help. The first step is to consult with a podiatrist who can help you come up with an appropriate treatment plan. At Your Next Step, we have a team of experienced podiatrists, Dr. Eric Ricefield, Dr. Mark Yagodich and Dr. Aliza V. Eisen, to accurately diagnose and treat your conditions. We use innovative technologies like the Tenex Health TX and laser therapies to address your needs, whether you have a sports injury, fungal infection, diabetic foot problem, or need surgery. Please contact us or visit us online to schedule an appointment at one of our locations in Ardmore, Paoli, or Downingtown!