If you recently suffered an injury to your Achilles tendon, physical therapy could be just what you need. At Madison Physical Therapy in Sheepshead Bay, we will show you the proper techniques to heal your Achilles tendon, including things you can do to relieve the pain.
Depending on the severity and the source of your pain, our physical therapists in Sheepshead Bay will work with you regain the strength and mobility of your Achilles tendon as well as help to promote proper healing. We can show you a variety of corrective exercises which can help. Some exercises may include:
Bilateral heel drop: place the front half of your feet on the edge of a stair, and hold onto the railing. Raise up onto the balls of your feet, and then slowly lower your feet below the step. Repeat 12-20 times.
Single leg heel drop: after mastering the above, in the same positioning as the bilateral heel drop, try rising onto the balls of the feet, then lift one leg off the stairs and lean your body forward.
Gastrocnemius stretch: leaning against a wall, put your injured leg behind, and lean forward, keeping the heel of your back leg secured to the floor. Hold the stretch for 30 seconds, and repeat three times. You should feel the stretch in the back of your lower leg.
Aside from exercises, our physical therapists in Sheepshead Bay at Madison Physical Therapy will devise a personalized physical therapy program using a wide variety of modalities and methods. Depending on the severity of your injury, ultrasound therapy or manual therapy may be used to help improve your overall function. With manual therapy, our physical therapists will massage your ankle and manipulate the joints to help reduce inflammation and promote proper healing. Ultrasound therapy uses the transmission of ultrasonic waves to break down tissue, which will ultimately decrease any swelling and inflammation.
Whatever form of physical therapy we feel is best, our physical therapists in Sheepshead Bay are here to help. With our corrective exercises, ultrasound therapy, and manual therapy methods, we will not only help your Achilles tendon heal faster but also increase your mobility and allow you to go back to moving the way you used to.