How Physical Therapy Can Help with Heel Pain
Heel pain is probably the No. 1 most common complaint we hear from those who hobble into our office on a daily basis. It does take a little work to determine the ultimate cause, judge the severity, and tailor the best possible course of action, but in many cases we recommend physical therapy as part of an overall treatment plan—either as a primary or secondary treatment, or as a part of post-surgical rehab.
The overarching goal of any therapy program is to help you make both your daily tasks (walking, cooking, shopping, etc.) and your hobbies and activities (running, sports, playing with your kids) easier. It accomplishes this by reducing pain and swelling; restoring strength and function to damaged or disused muscles, tendons, and joints; quickening recovery time after an injury; or providing other health benefits depending on your need.
Let’s look specifically at pain in your heel, say from plantar fasciitis or a similar condition. A physical therapy program approved by our office for this condition may include number of stretches and exercises that can go a long way in helping relieve your discomfort. One of the simplest involves simply sitting with your legs out forward and gently pulling on your big toe, holding for about 15-20 seconds, and repeating 5 times. Laser therapy can help speed the process of healing, relief of pain, and return to normal activities.
For tough pain, our office provides additional support through laser therapy. This high-tech therapy solution uses specific wavelengths of light to stimulate cellular activity, invigorating your body’s own natural healing and inflammation-fighting processes. When combined with traditional physical therapy, it can provide long-awaited relief for a wide variety of acute and chronic foot and ankle conditions after just a few brief sessions.
Heel pain is one of the most common physical ailments regularly experienced by the general population, but you do have options. If it’s keeping you from doing the things you love, stop in and see Harvey Danciger, DPM in Palm Desert, CA today. We’ll help craft a treatment plan that’s right for your needs and lifestyle. Contact our office online, or give us a call at 760-568-0108.