Physical Therapy for Foot and Ankle Pain
Foot and Ankle Pain Treatment in Bend, OR
Foot and ankle pain is one of the most common orthopedic presentations that humans experience, and the pain can stop your tracks. Literally. Human movement is dynamic, with each step, the average human puts 1 ½ times their body weight on their feet, and activities such as running increase impact force to 3-4x your body weight. This additional stress increases the risk of injury and pain. Thankfully, physical therapy can help.
The way you move, also known as biomechanics, focuses on the forces that affect your feet and ankles. Any dysfunction, instability, or weakness can result in foot and ankle problems. Physical therapy focuses on building strength and improving foot and ankle biomechanics, so your feet and ankles can function as shock absorbers while providing balance and supporting your weight.
Foot and Ankle Conditions We Treat Our Bend, OR Clinics
The foot has 26 bones, 33 joints, and hundreds of ligaments and tendons that must work together to support your weight and the stress from movement. The foot and ankle must not only be strong but flexible too. With so many moving parts, ankle and foot pain is bound to happen at some point in most of our lives – especially if you like to play in the great outdoors of Central Oregon. Physical therapy is a highly effective first-line treatment for many foot and ankle conditions. Here are some of the conditions we treat in our Bend, OR, clinics.
- Achilles tendonitis
- Ankle instability
- Ankle sprains and strains
- Ankle stress fracture
- Ankle tendonitis
- Flat feet
- Heel pain and heel spurs
- Plantar fasciitis
- Post-surgical treatment of ankle and foot
- Tarsal tunnel syndrome
- Traumatic injuries
How Physical Therapy Can Help with Foot Pain or Ankle Pain?
Physical therapists are specially trained to diagnose and treat your foot and ankle pain. A physical therapist’s evaluation includes a head-to-toe assessment of your movement patterns. Once they understand the root cause of pain, they can develop a custom treatment program that involves a variety of modalities that will help minimize your pain and improve strength and stability.
- Electrical stimulation
- Gait training
- Hot and cold therapy
- Instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM)
- Joint mobilization/manipulation
- Kinesiology taping
- Orthotics referral
- Stretching and strengthening exercises
Let's Get Started. Finding a Foot Pain and Ankle Pain Physical Therapist in Bend, OR
If you have foot or ankle pain, don’t delay treatment. Addressing your pain before it becomes chronic can prevent it from progressing into a more serious injury requiring surgery or extended therapy. Ask your healthcare provider for a physical therapy referral. However, a referral is not required in Oregon to receive an initial physical therapy evaluation. We encourage you to schedule an appointment in our west and east side location.
Our physical therapists come from various backgrounds, each with areas of expertise. When you call our office for an appointment, we can help pair you with a physical therapist best suited to your area of concern. Our foot and ankle pain physical therapists in Bend, OR, look forward to meeting you.