MLB player Travis Snider thought the foot pain he was feeling last season was due to a strained ligament. It disabled him enough that his 2013 batting average was as low as .215. But later the Pirates player found out that the injury was more severe than he thought. After the season ended he had bone spurs and the sesamoid bones in the ball of his foot taken out. “After Christmas I’ll be eight weeks (post surgery) and hopefully get clearance to start progressing with some physical activity,” Snider stated.
I you are an injured athlete, the quality of the foot therapy you have during recovery can affect how soon you can return to your sport. To learn about what kind of therapy you might need, contact a podiatrist like Dr. Neal Mozen of Foot HealthCare Associates. Dr. Mozen can give you a recommendation for physical therapy based on the type and severity of your injury.
Most common injuries
People who are constantly on their feet are prone to a variety of injuries. Therefore, it is important to take part in physical therapy in order to get back on the right track quickly.
What to do when injured
Physical Therapy – This specialized treatment will focus on the affected area, speeding up recovery and the overall healing process. This is important for those wanting to get back into the game quickly. It is a proven method that has helped millions of people return from any injury.
During physical therapy you will undergo regimented training to get back into full form. Training is often very difficult, especially at first when the foot feels weak. These are some steps physical therapy often involves:
- Basic stretching & twisting exercises – getting the feet’s mobility and flexibility up.
- Massaging – the therapist will massage the injured area in order to activate the muscles and relax them.
- Strengthening Exercises – this allows the muscles in the affected area to regain their full strength, a vital step towards full recovery.
With the advancements in technology and greater knowledge of how muscles and joints work, physical therapists can turn things around dramatically.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact our offices in Southfield, Novi, or Livonia, MI. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to suit your needs.
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