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Physical Therapy Helps

  • Dr. Bruce Zappan
  • September 14, 2017

While many people generally associate physical therapy with recovery after an injury or surgery, the fact of the matter is that physical therapy offers a wide range of methods for reducing pain and discomfort for conditions including flat feet, bunions, ankle instability, sports injuries and arthritis.

Physical therapy treatments often involve a combination of methods to best address each individual’s needs. Some of these methods include the following:

  • Heat and cold therapies
  • Taping and splinting to avoid unnecessary movement
  • Physical manipulation and stretching
  • Ultrasound, electrical stimulation, and diathermy (high frequency currents)
  • Flexibility and strength building exercises

Some of the greatest benefits of a regular physical therapy regimen include:

  • Pain reduction—Physical therapists have a variety of manipulation techniques for relieving pain and discomfort, especially in the joints. Physical therapy reduces inflammation and encourages healing.
  • Avoiding surgery—Frequently, a well designed physical therapy program can provide enough relief to avoid surgery and its potential complications.
  • Fall prevention—Physical therapy designed to increase balance, coordination and ankle stability can help prevent falls.
  • Strengthening of muscles and tissues—One of the main purposes of physical therapy is to recover properly after an injury or surgery. Slowly rebuilding strength and functioning after the long period of rest required during the healing process is essential for preventing additional injuries in the future.
  • Improved mobility—Carefully performed exercises, stretches and massages will help increase flexibility and range of motion.
  • Increase overall health—Physical therapy reduces the chances of getting another injury, and also makes the body more resistant to injury.

The first step for any physical therapy program is to consult with your foot care professional to help devise the most appropriate treatment plan for the foot and ankle problems you are experiencing. Bruce B. Zappan, D.P.M. of Medical Arts Podiatry Associates in Philadelphia, PA is an expert in proper evaluation and recommendations for treatment. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or make an appointment with our office at 215-563-2560.