Physical therapies for treating foot and ankle problems include exercises for improving flexibility, stability, balance, strength and coordination. They can also help to improve or restore range of motion. Other therapies include massage, electrical stimulation, ultrasound, traction or heat and cold. This wide range of options means that a therapist can create a programme of rehabilitation tailored to your particular problem.
Typically, treatment begins with a detailed history of your problem, together with an account of related conditions, such as diabetes, arthritis, and vascular disease. Your therapist may also carry out a gait analysis (an analysis of the way you walk or run).
To overcome or repair a foot or ankle problem you may need to learn some new habits, or change your current level of physical activity. Once your physical therapy goals are defined, your therapist will help you develop a home programme designed to fit your needs and schedule.