Foot massage is a form of foot therapy, and many people enjoy having their feet massaged at the end of the day. The benefits include relaxation, and it may help to relieve muscle aches. Therapists who perform foot massages may start with a warm-up twist. This is done by placing the palms on the sides of the feet while pushing one side back and the other side forward. This is a helpful technique in preparing the feet to be further massaged. The arch can be massaged by holding the foot with one hand and rubbing the arch with the other. The heel and the ball of the foot can also be incorporated into this massage technique. Massaging the toes may help to increase flexibility, and this is accomplished by holding the heel of the foot with one hand while bending the toes back and forth with the other. If you would like additional information about the benefits of foot massage, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist.
Foot therapy is often necessary for those recovering from either foot deformities or foot injuries. If you have concerns regarding therapy, Matthew McQuaid, DPM of Lake Mendocino Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
Most Common Injuries
People who are active or athletes are prone to a variety of injuries. Therefore, it is often important to take part in physical therapy in order to quickly get back on the right track.
What to Do When Injured
Physical Therapy – This specialized treatment will focus on the affected area, speeding up recovery and the overall healing process. 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. Physical therapy often involves:
Basic stretching and 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.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Lakeport and Ukiah, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.