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Foot Pain

Foot pain can make everyday activities difficult, but physical therapy can help reduce pain while improving strength and balance.

Physical therapy for foot pain

Foot pain is a common problem with a variety of different causes. In addition to pain, you may experience swelling, numbness, tingling, stiffness, difficulty walking, and poor balance.

Physical therapy can effectively reduce foot pain while improving strength, flexibility, balance, and gait.

Causes of foot pain

Foot pain can have many different causes, from injuries and accidents to chronic conditions and inflammation caused by overuse.

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Foot pain symptoms

Patients suffering from foot pain may experience the following symptoms:

  • Swollen feet
  • Numbness or tingling sensation in the foot area
  • Difficulty walking
  • Poor balance
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How we treat foot pain

Foot pain treatment begins with a comprehensive evaluation to determine the underlying cause. From there, we’ll develop a customized physical therapy program to treat your foot pain, and it may include:

  • Neuromuscular and balance training
  • Flexibility exercises
  • Taping
  • Manual therapy (joint or soft tissue mobilization)
  • Dry needling
  • Strength training
  • Endurance training
  • Gait training
  • Nerve mobilization
  • Modalities like ice, heat, electrical stimulation, and ultrasound

Foot pain diagnoses physical therapy can treat

Physical therapy can treat a wide range of diagnoses that can lead to foot pain, including:

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What to expect

Your first physical therapy appointment is about creating a personalized treatment plan based on your health history, diagnosis, and goals. Here’s what you can expect at your first physical therapy appointment:

Your first appointment will last about an hour. Please arrive 15 minutes early.

If applicable, bring your physician referral or prescription, insurance card, paperwork, ID, and co-payment.

At your appointment, we’ll do an initial evaluation and discuss your care plan.

*Services are not available at every location. Visit our Locations page for more details.

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