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People who sprain or strain their feet or ankles often find that they are continuously re-injuring that part of their body. Fortunately, this does not have to be the case with the help of physical therapy. What’s the difference between a sprain and strain? A sprain happens when a ligament (the tissue that connects one bone to another) is stretched or torn. A sprain can also happen when there is damage to a joint capsule, or the part of the ankle or foot that adds stability to the joint. Symptoms of sprains include pain, inflammation, muscle spasm, and sometimes an inability to move your foot or ankle. While sprains happen when there is damage to a ligament, strains happen when there is damage to a muscle or tendon (the tissue that connects muscle to bone). Strains usually happen when the muscle suddenly contracts while it is stretched, like when you run or jump. The symptoms of strains are similar to those associated with sprains, making them difficult to tell apart without doing a physical therapy examination. If you are unsure about whether you sustained a sprain or strain, we can help you figure it out. Did You Know You Have Direct Access To Physical Therapy? Whether you want to come in for a check-up, suffered a recent injury or you want to improve your health, a physician referral is not needed. Direct Access allows us to treat clients for 30 days without a physician’s referral.

Have you recently sustained an injury to your foot or ankle that has resulted in pain? If so, it is possible that you may be experiencing the effects of either a sprain or strain, depending on what structure was injured (tendon or ligament). While there are many factors that can lead to foot and ankle pain, sprains/strains are some common examples. Even if your pain subsides, dysfunction may still be present. If you have noticed limited mobility, previous or present pain, or other issues with your ankles or feet, FYZICAL can help. We can determine if the cause of your injury was indeed a sprain or strain, in addition to helping provide you with the necessary treatments for healing. We can also provide you with tips for avoiding re-injury in the future, so you don’t have to worry about avoiding certain activities. Why is my foot or ankle hurting? Whether you trip, fall, or twist your foot or ankle “wrong,” foot and ankle pain that stems from a sprain or a strain is often the result of some sort of injury. However, it is also commonly due to an underlying weakness in the muscles of the foot or leg. In fact, any accumulation of factors can lead to insidious onset of pain, including loss of range of motion, altered movement patterns, balance issues, and overall affected mobility.




Foot and ankle pain treatment depends on where the injury happens and how long ago it occurred. If it is not possible to walk more than two or three steps without pain or if the joint looks out of place, it is important to visit a doctor as soon as possible, because a fracture may be suspected. However, within a few hours of compression wrapping and elevation, most people notice that the swelling begins to subside, and they can carry on with most of their daily tasks with minimal discomfort. However, this initial treatment of a foot or ankle sprain does not help strengthen the area and prevent injury in the future. For optimal results, it is best to consult with a physical therapist to see what the best methods would be for healing and avoiding re-injury of the affected area. Once the acute phase of the injury has passed (the point where there is pain), it is possible to prevent future injury through exercises targeted at strengthening the muscles that surround the ankle. Your physical therapist will prescribe certain strengthening exercises to regain your normal levels of function. This may include drawing the alphabet with your toes to improve range of motion, performing calf raises every time you stand at the sink, or raising your toes slowly off of the ground when you are standing in line at the grocery store. How will physical therapy help my sprain or strain? Physical therapy is designed to relieve the pain of a foot or ankle problem, improve range of motion, and strengthen your muscles so they are able to take on the shock of normal activities. While pain within your foot or ankle may subside on its own, there are dysfunctions up the chain that can last for years and lead to other injuries. For example, changes in gait pattern can result in ankle injury, making it difficult for you to move around freely. Physical therapy is the best way to make sure that these injuries do not occur. Our physical therapists will show you therapeutic exercises that target the muscles that keep the foot or ankle supported. They may even recommend a customized physical fitness program that can help you reduce stress on your feet and ankles. Whether you sustained a sprain or strain, physical therapy is the answer to achieving long-term relief. Contact FYZICAL today to schedule a consultation or to find out more about how physical therapy can help relieve your foot and ankle pains.


“They listen to me and my body!” "I felt Physical Therapy was helpful. I came in unable to walk, and now I can walk. I can drive, think more clearly, and my blood sugar levels have even come down a little. I am by no means 100 percent, but I now have a better quality of life. Pain

affects every part of a person’s life. It is worth trying FYZICAL, even if you do not know what is causing you pain. They seem to be able to get to the root of the pain. They listen to me and my body. The staff is great at working on the problem at hand. They stretch the client so well. They also make everyone feel cared for and important. No one seems left behind. I believe the staff is in tune with the client’s needs. The end result is a caring environment, which meets the clients’ needs. The facility is very calming and uplifting, and is very clean. The next time you have tomake a decision on where to go for Physical Therapy, consider FYZICAL. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.” - W.H.




An insurance deductible is the amount of money that you must pay before your insurance company pays for your medical services. If your deductible is met, your Physical Therapy may not cost you anything. Patients with family plans or those who have had major surgeries or have a chronic

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• 2 plum tomatoes • 1/4 cup fresh basil

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TOE CURL Sit with one foot forward resting on it’s heel. Curl your toes down and hold for 10 seconds, then flex your toes up and hold for 10 seconds. Repeat 5 times on each foot. EXERCISE ESSENTIALS illness are especially likely to have a $0 balance remaining on their out-of-pocket expenses. This means that the cost of physical therapy could be minimal or completely covered by the patient’s insurance plan. Use them or lose them! Use up your allotted number of visits for the year that do not carry over to the next year. If you are close to or have met your insurance deductible for the year, then now is the time to come in for Physical Therapy! Are you feeling aches and pains? Need to work on your core? Let us help you get a head start for 2021. Have you undergone surgery recently? Call us today at (724) 481-1141 to schedule an appointment with one of our physical therapists. We’ll guide you to affordable treatments that will place you one step closer to pain relief.

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