Anybody who has ever gone through a surgery or recovered from a major injury knows that the healing process takes time. Whether you’re recovering from a bunionectomy, repair of a sports injury like a torn Achilles tendon, flat foot reconstruction, or some other procedure, the quality of your rehabilitation is just as important as the quality of your initial surgery.
That’s why good physical therapy for feet is so important. Harvey Danciger, DPM will help guide you through any instructions, stretches, and exercises you need to help you recover quickly and fully from your foot or ankle condition, and also offers innovative technologies such as laser therapy to help you manage pain and stimulate healing.
Surgery is Only Half the Battle
When you finally get to take that cast off your leg, or set down those crutches, or go back to wearing normal shoes, the battle is only half over. Even after your initial injury has healed, you will likely need to rebuild muscle strength, improve tendon flexibility, and increase range of motion for both recently-healed tissues and those that were disused while you were unable to walk or exercise.
For example, let’s say you’ve gone through surgery to repair a broken ankle. While the bones and tendons may have healed, rebuilding the muscles that support your foot, ankle, and lower leg will be crucial in order to keep the ankle stable and prevent re-injury.
Every foot is unique, and every case is a little different—even when the initial conditions or surgical procedures are the same. Dr. Danciger will craft a physical therapy plan that makes sense given your age, condition, lifestyle goals, and other factors, and one that will help you see the greatest benefit and get back to living the life you want to live in the shortest amount of time.
You Don’t Have to Be Afraid of Physical Therapy
Don’t be scared! Most people are intimidated by the words “physical therapy,” but the truth is that the exercises we give you to perform are often quite simple—in fact, many of them can even be performed sitting down. Although they won’t always be that easy, we won’t ever give you more than you can handle—we’re sensitive to your needs and your capabilities.
The Added Benefits of Laser Therapy
When combined with a traditional physical therapy rehab plan, laser therapy can provide dramatic results, reducing pain and speeding up recovery time. Our MLS laser system uses very precisely tuned beams of light to stimulate cellular activity at the site of an injury. This energizes your body’s natural healing process, reducing pain and inflammation and improving recovery time. Sessions are brief (5 to 10 minutes), there is no discomfort and no side effects, and it can help with a wide range of acute and chronic problems, from arthritis or plantar fasciitis to sprains, strains, wounds, and more.
We believe the healing process begins from the moment you enter our door and doesn’t end until you’re totally pain free and have made a full return to the life and activities that you love. That doesn’t mean performing your surgery and shoving you out the door—it means we’re invested in your health and recovery, from start to finish.To see what Dr. Danciger can do for you, set up an appointment today. We provide both surgical and non-surgical treatment for patients with a full range of foot and ankle conditions, including bunions, hammertoes, heel pain, neuropathy, sports injuries, and more. Contact us online, give us a call at 760-568-0108, or stop in at our Palm Desert, CA office.