On Track Physiotherapy

Foot & Ankle Pain in Ann Arbor

Foot and Ankle Pain at On Track Physiotherapy in Ann Arbor

Whether you’re an athlete, weekend warrior, or simply want to walk without discomfort, foot and ankle pain can grind your active lifestyle to a halt. At On Track Physiotherapy, our licensed physical therapists have years of experience using non-invasive, personalized treatments to reduce swelling, restore flexibility, strengthen muscles, and get you moving confidently again.

Understanding What’s Causing Your Pain

Foot and ankle pain strikes all types of active adults. Ankle sprains and plantar fasciitis rank among the most common culprits, but issues like arthritis, ill-fitting shoes, strains, tendinitis, and fractures also frequently crop up—especially if you have a history of injury. You may feel anything from occasional stiffness and dull aches to sharp, sudden pains and throbbing. These frustrate your ability to walk, exercise, balance, and live actively. Left untreated, they risk leading to even greater loss of mobility down the road.

Our renowned physical therapy team makes it a priority to pinpoint the underlying cause of your discomfort through methods like:

  • Thorough movement assessments
  • Muscle, ligament, and joint palpations
  • Custom orthotic fittings
  • Gait analysis
  • Questionnaires covering lifestyle factors

Armed with this knowledge, we can select focused, evidence-backed paths to healing.

Frequently Asked Questions

Wondering if physical therapy is right for your foot and ankle pain? Here are answers to some common questions:

What causes ankle pain if I haven’t injured it?
Many factors beyond injuries contribute to ankle discomfort, including arthritis, nerve conditions, poor flexibility, muscle imbalances, excess weight, and improper foot mechanics. Your therapist will determine the underlying cause and best treatment path.

What causes recurring ankle and foot pain?
Frequent ankle sprains often cause ligamentous laxity and muscular weakness—instability makes you more prone to re-injury. Plantar fasciitis and tendonitis also plague active individuals with overuse. Custom strengthening and movement re-training aim to prevent repeated issues.

How do you get rid of lingering ankle pain?
While some minor foot and ankle pain resolve with rest and over-the-counter methods, recurring or persistent discomfort likely requires professional treatment. Your therapist has the clinical expertise and array of hands-on techniques to accurately treat the damaged structures causing pain and get you lasting relief.

When should I worry about my ankle pain?
Seeking a quick medical evaluation is wise if your ankle pain results from major trauma or is accompanied by significant swelling, numbness, tingling, or instability. These red flags could indicate a fracture or neurological issue needing urgent diagnosis and care. Otherwise, make an appointment with your physical therapist!

Meet Your Ann Arbor Physical Therapy Team

Under the direction of Dr. Greg Schaible, PT, DPT, our talented physical therapists have years of experience restoring foot and ankle health in athletes, laborers, chronic pain sufferers, and post-surgical patients alike. We pride ourselves on taking the time to listen and understand your unique history and goals while educating you on every step toward recovery. Our inviting clinic atmosphere makes therapy rewarding again.

To start feeling better and get back out doing what you love, call 734-972-6529 now to book an evaluation at On Track Physiotherapy. Convenient scheduling and personalized treatment plans await you. Don’t delay taking control of your ankle and foot pain—let our expertise guide the way.

Next Steps for Relief

If stiff, aching feet and ankles keep you sidelined from an active life, reach out today to start your path to less pain and greater mobility!

Call 734-972-6529 or Schedule Online Now to book a thorough evaluation with one of our specialist physical therapists at On Track Physiotherapy serving Ann Arbor.

During your first visit, we’ll discuss your history, goals, and lifestyle needs while assessing joint mobility, muscle strength, alignment, and gait. You’ll leave with a clear understanding of what’s causing discomfort and a personalized recovery plan. We look forward to helping you get back out doing what you love pain-free. Our exceptional physical therapy delivers lasting relief you can count on. Don’t wait!

About The Author

Dr. Greg Schaible, a licensed Physical Therapist, empowers patients to unlock their full potential. Years of experience fuels his passion for helping individuals reclaim vibrant lives. At On Track Physiotherapy in Ann Arbor, Dr. Greg Schaible combines innovative techniques with personalized care, tackling a broad spectrum of physical challenges.

How Can Physical Therapy Treat My Foot And Ankle Pain in Ann Arbor?

Whether you are suffering from an acute injury or chronic condition in your foot or ankle, you can find relief with our team. Our physical therapists will conduct a thorough examination to confirm what is causing your pain, and then they will create a personalized treatment plan for you specifically. If you sustained an acute injury, it is likely that our physical therapists will prescribe a RICE treatment (rest, ice, compression, and elevation) for the first few days to make sure that any swelling decreases. After the initial stages of your injury, you will move on to specialized physical therapy treatments. Comparatively, if you are suffering from a chronic condition, you will begin with specialized physical therapy treatments based on the needs of your condition. This is all part of your holistic healing or pain management program. The goal is to get you back to your normal level of physical performance and prevent future problems from occurring.

Your treatment plan will typically include a combination of exercises and stretching, in order to restore joint mobility, improve balance, and strengthen the foot and ankle muscles. Your treatment plan may also include exercises on a balance board, as well as other specialized services, such as ice and heat therapies, manual therapy, ultrasound, or cold laser therapy. We will do all we can to ease your pain and boost your circulation, which may include recommending lifestyle changes or orthotic footwear to prevent more problems in the future. Don’t let foot and ankle pain slow you down! Our physical therapy practice will help you dictate your own mobility, comfort, and overall function, free from the limitations of pain. Contact us today to schedule your appointment. Our physical therapists will help you get back on your feet in no time!

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A friend recommended I see Greg for knee pain. I saw significant improvements after a few sessions. Greg was very knowledgeable and accommodating. I highly recommend him and will see him again if I have any more injuries that I need help recovering from.

Ruth Church

We appreciated Morgan Kennedy’s thoughtful, detailed approach. Our high school athlete felt comfortable and motivated with her instructions and guidance. As parents, we felt she had a modern, whole-person approach, emphasizing habits that will be helpful for an entire lifetime. Highly recommended!