Category Archives: Leg and Foot Pain

Seeing a Physical Therapist First through Direct Access Improves Outcomes and Saves Money

By Dr. John R. Mishock, PT, DPT, DC Studies show that seeing a physical therapist first through direct access can: improve musculoskeletal pain faster; reduce or remove the need for some types of musculoskeletal surgery; reduce opioid use; improve patient satisfaction; reduce expensive medical testing; and help patients get needed treatment faster. (Physical Therapy, 2017) […]

Plantar Fasciitis: Will Physical Therapy Help My Foot Pain?

By John R. Mishock, PT, DPT, DC Approximately 10% of the US population lives with foot pain. Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of foot and heel pain. The plantar fascia is a flat band of tissue (ligament) that connects the heel bone to the toes providing support to the arch of the foot. […]

Benefits of Kinesio Taping

Monica Hallman, PTA, CKTP, Clinical Director, Barto   Article by Lisa Fogelman, DPT, CKTP, & Missy Bennett, Athletic Trainer Kinesio Taping came to notoriety shortly after the 2008 Olympics where numerous athletes were photographed wearing the colored tapes. The Kinesio Taping concept was developed by Dr. Kenzo Kase, DC, in 1973 in Japan and was […]

Common Running Injuries treated in Physical Therapy

By Dr. John R. Mishock, PT, DPT, DC Running is one of the most popular and accessible sport activities worldwide. In the US, more than 40,000,000 people run. (Sports med, 2015) Running provides excellent health benefits, however, injuries due to running can arise with even a few miles per week can. Running injuries occur in […]

Time for Summer Athletes to be Mindful of Their Knees

As the summer heat starts up more people are lacing up their sneakers, grabbing their I-pods, and hitting the road. Running and power walking outside are very popular forms of exercise and while they both have excellent health benefits, physical problems can still arise. Even running less than five miles a week can cause a […]

“Pre-habilitation”: Preparing for the Total Hip or Total Knee Replacement

Total knee and total hip replacements (or arthroplasties) are becoming a more common treatment for advanced knee and hip osteoarthritis as the front end of the baby boomer population reaches age 65 this year. This year alone there will be over 676,000 total knee replacements and 327, 000 total hip replacements. “Pre-habilitation” refers to physical […]

Physical Therapy a Treatment for Knee Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a common disease of aging frequently treated in physical therapy. Osteoarthritis of the knee joint occurs when the cartilage that separates the thigh and leg bone wears out or breaks down. Twenty five percent of people over 55 years demonstrate persistent episode of knee pain related to OA. In the United States, […]