Foot Pain Relief and Ankle Pain Relief River Edge, NJ

Foot and Ankle Pain Relief

When your feet hurt, your whole body hurts. It might seem like your foot is such a small component of your body, and so it shouldn’t have that much of an impact on how you feel all over, but this just isn’t the case. Your feet are essential to mobility. When you experience pain with every step, your entire day becomes a series of attempts to avoid movement so as to avoid further pain.

After experiencing a foot injury, physical therapy can help you get back in motion without having to deal with ongoing pain. Targeted exercises and stretching techniques can make a huge difference in dealing with foot pain.

The Cause of Foot and Ankle Pain

There are a lot of factors that can influence foot pain. From footwear choices to how many steps you typically take in a day, your feet are susceptible to injury with almost every movement you make. And where the foot is involved, so too is the ankle. The foot and ankle go, well, hand in hand. The foot only is able to be mobile thanks to the flexibility of the ankle. This means that taking care of your feet and your ankles should be a top priority when you are working on keeping your body mobile and pain-free.

Foot injuries are incredibly common. A misstep, a sudden fall, a sharp object underfoot, and you could suddenly be in a lot of pain. Here is a quick list of some of the most common foot injuries:

  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Bone spurs
  • Bursitis
  • Flat feet
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Avulsion fracture
  • Sprains and/or Strains to ankle or foot

About Foot and Ankle Pain

While some of these injuries will develop as a result of a sports accident or similar event, this isn’t the case every time. Unfortunately, one of the most common injuries that are likely to cause foot and ankle pain are called overuse injuries. These are injuries that occur not as a result of any particular accident or fall, but as a result of regular use.

Every time you take a step you put pressure on your feet and ankles. Every jump compounds that pressure. This means that engaging in activities like running or walking long distances can put a lot of stress on both your feet and your ankles. If you are doing what’s necessary to prevent injury, such as regular stretching and wearing the right types of shoes, then you could develop an injury just from going about your daily business.

Ankle pain can develop just as quickly as foot pain. A sudden fall or sports injury can frequently result in a sprain or a strain, and sometimes these injuries can cause uncomfortable pain that lingers for weeks on end, especially if it isn’t properly treated.

Physical Therapy for Foot and Ankle Pain

Foot and ankle pain may develop gradually, as is often the case with overuse injuries, or may occur suddenly following an accident. The first thing to do when you begin experiencing pain is to see a doctor to ensure that there is no risk of further injuring yourself. Then, physical therapy is the next step. Your physical therapist will use a combination of tools, including massage, stretching techniques, and different exercises to help build strength and restore mobility while alleviating pain by targeting the core of the discomfort.

In addition to the above techniques, your physical therapist may also recommend specialized footwear. Well-developed orthotics with your personal needs in mind can make a huge difference in your experience of foot pain, improving your gait by supporting your arch and helping to alleviate pain with every step.

For more information about how physical therapy can help address foot and ankle pain, contact us at River Edge, NJ center.


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Michelle Ribustello,

I came to Back to Health in 2015 from a skilled nursing facility and it's been great being able to work with my patients in their home, helping them in their own environment. It's much more rewarding to be able to see them function independently by the time you are finished with them and they are discharged. Working for Back to Health has also been great. I am a new mom so scheduling has been phenomenal. Your patients are very flexible, the office is super flexible, and they just make work a pleasure.

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Jodi McLean,

Back to Health gives me the opportunity to see patients in the clinic setting and in their homes. I love the connection I am able to make with my patients and their families as they welcome me into their homes. This is the most flexible, rewarding, stress-free job anyone could ever ask for as an occupational therapist. It feels so good to love my job each and every day!

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Patricia Verdote,

Back To Health is the best PT job that I have ever had. I am able to treat the patients the way that I want to treat, the way that I believe will be the best level of care for the patient in their own environment. I helped one patient learn how to get up off of their favorite chair in their living room – and that is not something that I have ever had the chance to do before!

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Melissa Stawinski,

I feel really lucky to be able to work for Back to Health Physical Therapy. It's allowed me to really tap into why I became an OT in the first place. Working in people's homes, in their environment, identifying what's meaningful to them, and helping them achieve their goals; you couldn't ask for anything better.

It is such a fun time and I look forward to working with you!

Jill Chroback,

The reason I love working for Back to Health is not only for working with such a wonderful staff, we have some great therapists and administrators working here, but also working with patients in their own environment so we are able to do a lot in actual situations and we have seen some great progress. It is such a fun time and I look forward to working with you!

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Diane Hennion,

I have been working for Back to Health for three years now and out of my whole career, this has been the best, professional, ethical group I have ever worked with. They are friendly, warm and very intent on providing the best outcome and care for their individual clients.

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Stephanie Spada,

I love working at Back to Health as it allows me the flexibility to be both a hands-on involved mom to an amazing six-year-old little boy as well as a working professional. I am able to provide quality one-on-one quality care to my patient's in the comfort of their own home. I honestly look forward to "going to work" with Back to Health. They are a caring, dedicated group of special people who truly want the best for their patients!!

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Jill Friedbauer,

It was very difficult for me to find a PT position where I could send my kids off to school in the morning and to also be home to greet them when they come home in the afternoon. That flexibility is priceless to me. My patients have made a tremendous level of progress – even more than I have seen in clinical environments – which is really rewarding. I love working with Back To Health so much that I have referred clinicians that I have worked with in the past to join their team!

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Yvette Jain-Nafpliotis,

I have been working with Back To Health since 2006 and it has been the most emotional and financially rewarding position that I have ever had. The patients are so grateful for the services and I truly can see their progress in a very direct way.