Get Answers to Your Questions About Foot and Ankle Care in Pennsylvania
When you have foot and ankle pain, you want answers to your concerns fast. Browse through our collection of answers to frequently asked questions. Our hope is that you will find the information you need to get relief for your foot and ankle pain in Pennsylvania.
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How is my physical therapy progress measured?
During your first visit to Martin Foot & Ankle, you’ll spend about 60-75 minutes one-on-one with a physical therapist. In that time, your therapist will ask you to perform various tasks and exercises to complete a thorough evaluation of your lower extremity function. This establishes baseline measurements in areas such as strength, range of motion, balance, and more.
After that, we spend time discussing these result with you in detail—along with why you’re getting those results and what you need to do to improve them. At this time you and your therapist will set a list of goals, and your therapist will put together a program to help you get there.
In subsequent sessions, your progress will be measured against the baseline evaluation from your first appointment, as well as your progress toward achieving your personal goals.
If you have an injury or other limitation preventing you from reaching your activity goals, talk to the licensed professionals at Martin Foot & Ankle. Give us a call today at 717-757-3537, or fill out our contact form online.
What should I wear to my physical therapy visit?
When you come to physical therapy for your lower limbs, you know you’re going to be moving, stretching, and exercising. Your physical therapist also needs to be able see how your muscles, tendons, and joints are moving and interacting so that he or she can evaluate your level of function.
There’s no specific dress code, but stick to these guidelines when deciding what to wear for physical therapy:
- Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing that allows you to move freely. You don’t want tight or heavy materials restricting your range of motion.
- Stick with shorts, or at least loose exercise pants that can comfortably expose your lower leg (all the way up to the knee).
- Choose exercise-appropriate sneakers that comfortably support and cushion your feet. Flimsy flats are a no-go.
Can physical therapy treat foot and ankle pain?
Physical therapy is a type of rehabilitative medicine. It aims to restore your physical structures to their full strength and range of motion by stretching and exercising the different soft tissues. It uses in-depth knowledge of the human body and how your muscle groups and joints interact with each other to treat your pain. It can help prevent future problems as well; if your body is working correctly and all your structures maintain proper alignment, you’re less likely to develop a condition.
Physical therapy can be very beneficial for your feet and ankles. Since your lower limbs carry so much weight, they are prone to overuse problems and painful biomechanical issues. Exercises can boost your stability and both relieve pain and prevent it from recurring. If you’re wondering whether such therapy could benefit your feet, contact Martin Foot and Ankle in York, Hanover, Lancaster and Lititz, PA for more information or an evaluation. Fill out the online contact form or call (717) 757-3537 to reach us.