More than Orthotics: The Role of Physiotherapists in Treating Foot Pain and Injury
Foot pain is common, and can come from any of the surrounding muscles, ligaments, bone and/or joints. It can also come from other sources like low back pathologies.
The ankle and foot adapts well to the outside stresses and forces of active daily living but unexpected forces can lead to dysfunction and injury.
Our therapists have an in depth knowledge of anatomy and biomechanics of the ankle and foot. They are trained to recognize signs, symptoms, pathologies as well as conduct treatments.
The foot is responsible for the weight of the body through the gait cycle. If the spine or hips are in dysfunction, the forces down the leg into the foot are altered creating injuries to the foot. The training in detailed biomechanical analysis of the spine, hip, knee and ankle allow the therapists to address the underlying cause of foot pain.
Using the diagnosis as well as the patient’s goals, an individualized treatment plan is made that is focused on pain relief, biomechanical correction and returning to active daily living. The treatment plan can include modalities like laser, ultrasound and interferential current. In addition, progressive exercises, range of motion and stretching exercises and a strengthening program are added to the plan. It is best to give a home program to the patient to allow them to work on their exercises and progress further until they are back to their activities.
There are times where the foot has biomechanical problems that are unable to be corrected with conventional therapy alone, this is where custom foot orthotics or bracing may be required. These devices are useful in supporting the foot in either a neutral or functional position which allows for pain-free activity. At Sheddon, we have a specialized pedorthist, Peter Charbonneau
With the proper assessment, diagnosis and treatment, your foot pain can be resolved allowing for quick return to active daily living.
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