If something is wrong with your legs, ankles, and feet, it doesn’t take long for the rest of your body to feel out of sorts. Pain in this region can immediately compromise your mobility, daily activities, and the enjoyment of your life.
People suffering with ankle pain or injuries may be able to find relief with a few days of rest and home care, but a persisting level of pain, limited range of motion, or a more severe injury is reason to see a doctor. Most ankle pain can be traced back to an injury but there are some illnesses, joint problems, and disorders that can also compromise your ankle comfort.
Ankle therapy is often the best approach to relieving ankle pain, increasing mobility and strength in the ankle, and recovering from an injury or surgery. Our team of doctors specializes in physical therapy approaches to treating ankle issues. This may include targeted exercises, ankle massage therapy, hands-on care, and modalities in your treatment plan to create a customized approach that gives you the most effective outcome in the shortest timeframe.
Your ankle joint is a weight-bearing marvel, but it’s also very susceptible to injury. The worst thing is that an already compromised ankle is instable, which can lead to further injury. This is why seeking the help of a trained physical therapist is important. They can help you rehab your ankle faster and more effectively, so you heal quickly and eliminate your chance of further injury. They might also be able to help you improve your normal gait to avoid future problems.
Some very common ankle physical therapy exercises you may encounter at Physical Therapists NYC include:
• Dorsiflexion, pulling toes upward
• Plantar flexion, pointing your toes
• Inversion, moving toes and whole foot inward
• Eversion, moving toes and whole foot outward
• Writing the alphabet in the air with your toes
• Calf raises
• Shifting your weight
• Balance exercises
These exercises are not just useful for people with ankle pain or injuries, they’re great ways to strengthen your ankle and improve your balance. This can help with walking, running, other physical activities, and sporting pursuits. Doing some of these exercises regularly or before sports can reduce your odds of having an ankle injury.
Tried other PT’s before but with Dr. Parikh felt the difference and improvement right away.
Sprained ankle therapy is a very common prescribed approach for people who have a sprain, a strain, or have rolled their ankles. A sprain happens when your ankle ligaments are stretched further than they’re meant to go. Sprains can happen to ligaments that were simply stretched too far, ligaments that have ripped, and ones that have been completely torn.
In most situations, a sprain occurs to the lateral ligaments, these are the ones on the outside of your foot. The medial, or inner side of the ankle, is less often injured but it can happen. Most sprains heal within a couple months, but the recovery time can be much longer depending on your all-over health and the level of injury.
Physical therapy is one of the best treatment options available for sprained ankles. Not only does physical therapy for sprained ankle address the immediate issues of pain, lack of mobility, and recovery, it can be an effective tool for strengthening the ligament and surrounding muscles so future injuries don’t occur. Unfortunately, if you sprain your ankle, you’re more likely to reinjure yourself in the future. This is why doing all that you can to strengthen the ankle is so important.
A broken ankle is typically very painful, and it instantly changes your level of mobility. Obviously, you will need to be seen by a healthcare professional immediately. Most people with broken ankles head directly to urgent care or the hospital. Once the ankle has been set, you’ll most likely be place into some type of cast, you may have a few different ones throughout your healing process. You’ll likely have a few different assistive devices for mobility too.
Some patients who have had broken ankles will be immediately referred to a physical therapist to receive instruction on how to best use their assistive devices during recovery. You will eventually receive ankle fracture physical therapy, but that will come later, after your bones have had time to mend. In the meantime, learning to walk with crutches, a cane, or a walker is important and can help you understand weight-bearing restrictions.
Your therapist may also begin working with you to strengthen the knee and hip of the affected leg so you’re in better shape when it’s time to begin ankle therapy. Having strong muscles can greatly reduce your odds of a future injury after your bone has healed.
Physical therapy also plays a big role in the healing process. Wolff’s law states that a bone grows and remodels in response to stress. Our therapists are experts in applying the appropriate stress and teaching you how to do this, so you get the maximum healing benefits.
Some broken ankles require surgery for remodeling of the bone and setting but there are other reasons for ankle surgery.
• Chronic ankle instability
• Deformity of the ankle
Not only are there different conditions that might require ankle surgery, there are different types of ankle surgery. They include:
• Ankle arthroscopy
• Tendon surgery
• Ankle fracture surgery
• Ankle fusion
• Ankle replacement
• Lateral ankle ligament reconstruction
No matter why you’re having ankle surgery or what type of surgery it is, you will most likely have physical therapy after ankle surgery. This therapy helps you recover from the initial issue that prompted surgery and the surgery itself. It’s not just about being able to move your ankle again, physical therapy after ankle surgery can help with the following:
• Preventing blood clots
• Eliminating scar tissue
• Reducing swelling and inflammation
• Increasing strength in the ankle
• Increasing strength in the rest of the foot and leg
• Restoring range of motion
• Gait retraining to prevent future injuries
If you know that you’re going to have ankle surgery, it’s a good idea to connect with a physical therapist before surgery so you can schedule an appointment as soon as possible after your surgery.
If you have ankle pain, a sprain, or a broken ankle, our staff is here to help. From the minute you enter our modern downtown offices, we will work to accommodate you. Our goal is to create a comfortable experience that makes coming to therapy easy and enjoyable. We understand that many of our patients work on Wall Street and in downtown NYC, which is why we have early morning and late evening hours, so you don’t have to miss work.
Our team is guided by our well-trained medical doctors who listen to your concerns and draft your recovery plan. They will pay attention to your list of symptoms, perform diagnostic tests using our state-of-the-art equipment, if necessary, and then move into the gym to take advantage of modern tools, equipment, and techniques to speed up your healing process.
It is our mission, at Physical Therapists NYC, to create a treatment plan that is customized to your diagnosis and your level of comfort. We will work with you to define long-term goals and create a map for ankle recovery that will help prevent future injuries. For us, it’s not just about treating you today but giving you the best possible future solutions as well.
Connect with our office to discuss your ankle pain and how best to approach scheduling an appointment or a consultation. We’re here to help throughout your recovery journey.
We'll start with an evaluation to address your concerns. You don't need to be in pain to benefit from physical therapy. Whether it's pain relief, post-surgical rehabilitation, recovering from an injury, or preventing further issues, I'll address your concerns and figure out the best plan of action for you! Once we come up with a plan based on your needs and concerns, we'll start to work on mobility and strengthening. You'll be guided through these movements in every session. You will also be provided with hands-on treatment, including stretching and massage, as well as other therapeutic techniques which will further enhance your recovery and allow you to achieve your wellness goals.
There should always be an active component to your rehab program which includes various types of therapeutic physical therapy exercises, not just passive modalities. Exercise increases muscle flexibility, mobility, and strength, as well as promoting healing by increasing blood flow to the injured site. Healthy muscles provide protection to bones and joints, keeping you safer and stronger in the future. Some soreness and tightness with exercise is expected, it’s a normal part of exercise to feel sore after working your muscles the right way.
Each body heals differently. There is no one exact timeline for recovery of any condition. The duration of the program will depend on an individual’s healing rate as well as the condition being treated. There are many concerns that need to be addressed, including pain, range of motion, strength, and overall function. Each of these are matters that take time and patience to build upon. There are many factors that impact how long it will take each individual patient to recover. Routinely attending therapy sessions, following protocols and precautions, being aware of lifestyle-related comorbidities, maintaining a healthy diet, and performing home exercises all help on the path to recovery.
We always emphasize the importance of ongoing regular exercise, maintaining a strong yet flexible body, and general good health habits. A home exercise program helps a patient maintain the progress and gains made during treatment in order to remain pain-free and functional.