The dynamic relationship of the foot, ankle and knee is remarkably complex and elegant.
Many people are unaware that there are typically 26 bones in each foot alone. To complicate things even further, the feet are the most common place in the body to find “ossicles” or extra bones your body may develop.
Each bone has at least one joint; many have multiple joints. When you add in the 100 muscles of the foot there are a lot of things that can potentially go wrong. The expertly trained staff at Beacon Physical Therapy can help you to discover what may be wrong and to get on the path to correction.
Whether you have pain in the foot itself such as plantar fasciitis or a bunion, or if your fallen arches or tight calves are leading to problems in the knees, hips, or back we can identify the issues. In fact, we find that a high percentage of knee pain is a result of either foot and ankle problems or hip problems.
We will begin with education about the condition so you can understand and take charge of it. Manual therapy treatments will begin to help improve alignment and mobility of all those bones and joints as well as improve the flexibility and comfort of the muscles.
To teach your body how to maintain these improvements, we follow all our manual therapy techniques with neuromuscular reeducation. This gives your body immediate and lasting changes. Our experts will also teach you exercises that you can do at home or at the gym that directly relate to your specific issue.
We go beyond the “standard” exercises you may have received before and tailor each exercise to be most beneficial to you. If we determine it is necessary, we can custom fit foot orthotics for you in-house — there’s no need to take a mold and wait to have them made elsewhere.
Finally, we make sure you have the knowledge of your posture and the movement choices to ensure your issues won’t return.