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Physical Therapy Specialist

Cortez Foot & Ankle Specialists

Podiatry & Foot and Ankle Specialists located in Bradenton, FL & Sarasota, University Park, FL, & Ellenton, FL

Conditions affecting the bones, connective tissues, and muscles in your feet and ankles recover far better with the help of physical therapy. If you need physical therapy for a foot or ankle injury, the Cortez Foot & Ankle Specialist team provides expert services on-site. The practice has three convenient offices in University Park, Ellenton, and Bradenton, Florida, where you can benefit from the most effective and up-to-date physical therapy treatments. Call the Cortez Foot & Ankle Specialists office nearest you today or request an appointment online.

Physical Therapy Q & A

What is physical therapy?

Physical therapy is an essential treatment for most injuries and conditions affecting your bones, muscles, ligaments, and tendons.

Your feet and ankles support your body and allow you to walk, run, and jump. People of all ages spend a lot of time on their feet, playing sports, and working out. These activities can lead to problems like:

  • Strained muscles
  • Ligament sprains
  • Peroneal tendon injuries
  • Achilles tendon tears
  • Arthritis
  • Tendinitis
  • Bursitis
  • Stress fractures

Physical therapy can encourage these injuries to heal, strengthen surrounding tissues, and help you get back to your normal activities. Cortez Foot & Ankle Specialists provides in-house physical therapy services for your convenience.

How does physical therapy help after surgery?

Foot and ankle surgery severely limits your mobility, so you’re likely to need help walking. Your physical therapist can give you crutches, a cane, or a walker and show you how to use them. Your foot might need protection too. Devices like splints, surgical shoes, and casts help keep your foot still and provide support.

Exercise after surgery is an important part of your recovery. It increases the flow of blood that carries oxygen and vital nutrients to the injured area. Physical therapy also prevents stiffness and weakness in the joints and ligaments.

What kinds of physical therapy are there?

For both surgical or nonsurgical injuries, your provider at Cortez Foot & Ankle Specialists will recommend physical therapy, which can include:

  • Specific exercises
  • Massage
  • Ice packs
  • Ultrasound
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Foot orthotics (shoe inserts)

Physical therapy helps you increase the flexibility in your foot and ankle, reduce pain, and increase strength.

What happens when I see a physical therapist?

Your physical therapist at Cortez Foot & Ankle Specialists starts by completing a thorough assessment and discussing your therapy goals. They then create a personalized care plan that helps you return to work and your daily activities with the highest level of function.

Successful physical therapy depends on attending regular sessions with your therapist and completing exercises they give you to do at home.

Physical therapy is key to the total recovery of your foot and ankle. To benefit from the outstanding services available at Cortez Foot & Ankle Specialists, call them today or request an appointment online.