Torn ligaments in the feet and ankles are a common type of sports injury. While the initial treatment for a torn ligament should be rest, physical therapy is also recommended to facilitate a fast and complete recovery. The type and severity of your ligament injury will typically determine how long you should wait before beginning physical therapy for a sports injury.
Physical Therapy for Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar fasciitis is a common injury that affects the ligament located at the bottom of your foot, which connects the heel and the toes. Physical therapy for plantar fasciitis is typically the second phase of treatment for this condition; initial treatment for plantar fasciitis includes rest, icing, and medication to reduce pain and swelling before the ligament should consistently bear weight. During physical therapy for plantar fasciitis, your therapist may use treatments such as active and passive stretching and ultrasound treatment to further reduce any pain or swelling.
Physical Therapy for Lisfranc Ligament Injuries
The Lisfranc ligaments are located in the mid-foot region and can be injured by trauma such as falls or twisting. Before physical therapy can begin, the ligament should first be immobilized and patients should rest and reduce swelling via medication. Physical therapy for Lisfranc ligament injuries includes heat and electrical stimulation, as well as targeted exercises to improve strength and joint mobility.
Physical Therapy for Medial and Lateral Ligament Injuries
The medial and lateral ligaments connect the knee and lower leg to the foot. Initial treatment for sports injuries to the knee, ankle, or foot focuses on reducing pain and swelling, and may include ice, medication, and rest. As soon as the swelling has been controlled, physical therapy exercises to strengthen the ligaments can start; however, if surgery is required to repair the ligament, your physical therapy may be delayed until after the procedure.
At Applied Physical medicine/Tygiel Physical Therapy of Tucson, we focus on physical therapy for sports injury treatment and fall prevention. You can find out more about our clinic and the services we offer when you visit us on the web, or by calling (520) 296-8513 today.