Foot and ankle pain can occur due to various underlying conditions, such as strains/sprains in your muscles and ligaments, fractures due to injuries and accidents, instability issues, tendonitis, and more. Our rehabilitation specialists trace the root cause of your ankle pains to provide lasting relief and restore mobility.
Foot & Ankle
The Achilles tendon is the connective tissue that attaches the calf muscles to the back of your heel. Achilles tendonitis occurs when this connective tissue is inflamed or injured due to excessive tightness in the calf muscles and hamstrings. Physical therapy is the ideal treatment for Achilles tendonitis — we improve joint mobility and strengthen the muscles to restore the optimal range of motion.
Physical therapy is an essential component of post-surgery rehabilitation. You may need physical therapy to recover after surgeries for hammertoes, ankle fusions, bunionectomy, and more. We work with your podiatrists, surgeons, and physicians to curate the ideal rehabilitation plan to restore your mobility, pain-free range of motion, walking coordination, balance, and strength.
Ankle sprains are common injuries wherein the ligaments are overstretched or injured, usually due to improper footwear or running on uneven terrain. Ankle strains occur when the muscles or tendons in the ankles get overstretched, leading to micro-tears and injuries. Sprains and strains often cause pain, inflammation, and difficulty with movements. Physical therapy is necessary when you have severe limitations in mobility due to ankle sprains or strains.
The ankles and feet are made of numerous bones that can be fractured due to injuries and accidents. The most common fractures are calcaneal fractures, metatarsal fractures, and avulsion fractures. This usually necessitates casting or bracing to facilitate healing. However, physical therapy is necessary after the period of immobility to restore normal range of motion and regain functionality in your foot and ankle.
Plantar fasciitis is a condition wherein the thick band of tissues underneath the foot (plantar fascia) is inflamed. This occurs when the plantar fascia tissues are tightened, often due to changes in shoe wear and the shape of the foot. Furthermore, postural changes while walking can also place additional stress on the plantar fascia, leading to sharp pains in your legs. Physical therapy soothes the irritated tissues and restores optimal range of motion.
Ankle instability occurs when the ligaments in the ankle are overstretched, leading to the loss of stability in the ankle and foot bones. This can happen gradually due to genetic predisposition, improper posture, or bad shoe wear. Or it can happen suddenly due to injuries. At this point, physical therapy is necessary to strengthen the muscles supporting the ankle to compensate for the injured ligaments.
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Miami Neurology & Rehabilitation Specialists is led by a team of physical therapists. We use the most effective physical therapy techniques to alleviate your symptoms and restore mobility. Please schedule a consultation to discuss your foot and ankle therapy options in Miami, FL.