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Overcoming Foot Pain and Foot Injuries
It has been estimated that approximately 24% of adults experience issues related to their feet, and the prevalence of foot injuries increases with age. The pain that an individual experiences with a foot injury can be disabling, and can negatively affect their mood, self-care abilities, and their overall quality of life; further, it can increase the risk of falls.
The most common sites of foot pain include the mid-foot/arch region (25.6%), first metatarsal head (the big knuckle of your great toe) (20.2%), the great toe itself (15.9%) and the bottom of the heel (15.5%).
Foot pain that is related to shoes, footwear and common degenerative diseases including rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, can often be well controlled conservatively. Here at Achieve Physical Therapy in Glendale, we can assess and treat causes of foot pain such as tight or weak muscles in the lower leg and foot, or abnormal walking or running patterns, and help you rehab the joints and supporting muscles to reduce foot pain.
Evidence has also shown that custom orthotic insoles and specialized footwear may help to modify muscle activation and gait patterns that help to reduce loading on the joints of the lower extremities, which helps to reduce foot pain and minimize injury.
Schedule your complimentary pain and injury screening at Achieve Physical Thearpy in Glendale AZ by calling 623-201-7210. We are here to help!
Athletes and physically active individuals are also at risk of foot injury, with the foot and ankle being the most common sites of acute and chronic injury in this population.
Six simple tips to help you avoid foot pain and injuries:
Warm-up – before participating in sporting activities: dynamically stretch or go for a light jog to warm up your muscles.
If you’re noticing that your feet are painful, you may benefit from beginning some formal physical therapy treatment.
A Physical Therapist at Achieve Physical Therapy can assess your muscles, joints, and nervous system, look at how you move, and explore your work and leisure activities to determine possible causes of your foot pain. Individual treatment will often entail hands-on work to the body structures at fault as well as education and rehabilitative exercise to keep you pain and injury free.
Undergoing a comprehensive evaluation by a Physical Therapist at Achieve Physical Therapy here in Glendale, AZ is one of the best ways to gain an understanding of how you can reduce your foot pain and help prevent further damage. After the assessment, our Physical Therapist will create a program that is specific to your needs, and can help to decrease foot pain and get you on the path to recovery.
Schedule your complimentary pain and injury screening by calling 623-201-7210. We are here to help!
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