Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center treats patients suffering from countless foot and ankle injuries, pains, sports injuries, degenerative conditions, sprains, strains, fractures, and those preparing for and recovering from surgery. All of our facilities are full service rehabilitation centers. We have a team of expert physical therapists who pride themselves on getting positive results with patients through individualized care and “hands-on” physical therapy. We have successfully rehabilitated acute and chronic injuries, ranging from work and auto accidents to overuse injuries.

Here is a list of just some of the ankle and foot conditions that we treat:

  • Achilles Rupture (Tear)
  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Ankle Arthritis/Cartilage Damage
  • Ankle Impingement Syndrome
  • Ankle Instability
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Balance Difficulty/Dysfunction
  • Bunions
  • Foot and Ankle Fractures
  • Ligament Injuries and Tears (Sprained Ankles)
  • Metatarsalgia (Ball of Foot Pain)
  • Overuse Injuries of the Foot and Ankle
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Plantar Plate Injuries
  • Pre-Surgery And Post-Surgery Physical Therapy For Ankles
  • Sinus Tarsi Syndrome
  • Tendonitis (Foot and Ankle)


As the largest tendon in the body, it’s not surprising that if your Achilles tendon ruptures (tears), you will feel it. Most patients who have ruptured their Achilles tendon report hearing a loud pop, followed immediately by shooting pain. This injury is very serious, and can render even the healthiest of people immobile for a time. Sports medicine physicians may tell you that you need surgery. But in some cases, surgery won’t be necessary. In either case, a ruptured Achilles tendon will require rehabilitation and ongoing physical therapy.


The Achilles tendon connects your calf muscles to the heel bone, and is the largest tendon in the body. It’s an incredibly strong tendon, though it’s not without its weaknesses. Achilles tendonitis is an inflammation of the tendon that is generally caused by overuse and subsequent stress. Although this type of injury isn’t necessarily linked to a specific injury, it may arise out of a sudden change in exercise habits, or from not stretching your calf muscles properly. Occasionally bone spurs can also cause Achilles tendonitis.


Arthritis is a term that describes the wearing away of joint cartilage, which is designed to cushion the bone ends of a joint, to allow the joint to move smoothly and painlessly. When that cartilage has deteriorated, the bones become irregular and unprotected, which results in pain. On our own, our bodies aren’t able to repair the damaged cartilage.


Ankle Impingement Syndrome may present itself as either anterior ankle impingement or posterior ankle impingement. Physical therapy and rehabilitation has proven to help reduce the symptoms and pain associated with both. Ankle impingement often shows symptoms of pain, and weakness in ankle during day to day activities. It is caused by a pinching of the soft tissue around the ankle. You may notice this when you’ve bent your ankle full up, or fully down (pointing your toes). The irritation that is caused by the pinching of the tissue can generally be felt in the front side of the ankle is anterior ankle impingement. Irritation behind the heel or in the back of the ankle is known as posterior ankle impingement. Other symptoms that may arise include a clicking sensation in your ankle, a throbbing pain, or swelling of the ankle.


Ankle instability is the term used by orthopedic surgeons, doctors, and physical therapists to refer to the condition in which your ankle gives out. This may occur while playing sports, or in seemingly safe activities such as walking or even standing. Ankles which give out regularly can cause swelling, tenderness, and a fear that they are going to give out regularly. Ankle instability can lead to chronic ankle instability if it is not treated properly. Moreover, ankle instability can cause a great deal of pain.


When you sprain your ankle, you have injured the ligaments that hold the joints of the ankle together. Caused by twisting your foot beyond a reasonable or normal length, the ligaments of the ankle are consequently stretched beyond their comfort zone. Ankle sprains, like all injuries, range from moderate to severe and are graded on a scale of 1-3. Grade 1 sprains indicate a less serious sprain, with fewer ligaments torn, while a Grade 3 ankle sprain is a severe sprain which likely has a greater number of injured ligaments.


Contrary to popular belief, balance disorders are not a normal part of aging. Although some may report that feeling unsteady or weak is just a byproduct of aging, that’s not actually accurate. Balance issues need to be treated in order to prevent falls, which can cause serious injury, particularly to the elderly. Furthermore, balance issues ought to be addressed because fear of being unsteady on your feet may unnecessarily cause you to miss out on fun activities in life.


Believe it or not, physical therapy can help those suffering from bunions, and recovering from bunion surgery. Bunions appear when tissue at the base of your big toe swells and forms a large lump on the side of the foot. Bunions can be extremely painful, and science has shown that bunions can be a precursor to arthritis, if not properly treated. Although some patients may require surgery to have a bunion removed, in many cases, bunions and their resulting pain can be alleviated through nonsurgical methods, including physical therapy.


Foot and ankle fractures are almost unanimously the result of trauma to the body. Sports injuries, falls, work and car accidents often result in a broken food or ankle. A broken foot or ankle will begin showing symptoms such as swelling, bruising and pain immediately. If you suspect you’ve fractured your foot or ankle, you most certainly need to see a doctor or orthopedic surgeon. Some fractures may require surgery, but many do not. However, most ankle and foot fractures will require some form of rehabilitation or physical therapy in order to heal.


When you sprain your ankle, you have injured the ligaments that hold the joints of the ankle together. Caused by twisting your foot beyond a reasonable or normal length, the ligaments of the ankle are consequently stretched beyond their comfort zone. Ankle sprains, like all injuries, range from moderate to severe and are graded on a scale of 1-3. Grade 1 sprains indicate a less serious sprain, with fewer ligaments torn, while a Grade 3 ankle sprain is a severe sprain which likely has a greater number of injured ligaments.


Metatarsalgia is caused by chronic irritation and inflammation of the nerves, bones, and muscles of the metatarsal region (ball of the foot). This painful condition often affects runners and athletes who participate in sports such as football, baseball, tennis, basketball, soccer and tennis. Essentially anyone who puts great pressure on their feet (those who are obese, have high arches, have hammer toes or bunions) is at risk of developing metatarsalgia.


Overuse injuries, including Plantar Fasciitis usually occurs over time, as the result of repetitive, subtle trauma to the tendons, bones and joints of the foot and ankle. When this occurs, the plantar fascia, which is the connective tissue that runs under the base of the foot from the heel to the toes, is repeatedly stretched or torn. Athletes suffer from overuse injuries quite often, and as such many active patients are treated for overuse injuries by licensed physical therapists and rehabilitation specialists. Modalities that are frequently utilized to treat overuse injuries include ultrasound, deep tissue massage and electrical stimulation to the fascia to decrease the pain.


Plantar fasciitis is a common foot problem that affects people of all ages. While athletes may be slightly more likely to develop this condition, it is also prominent in anyone who works in a job where they must stand for long periods of time. Those over the age of 40, or those who have flat feet tend to be more susceptible to the pain caused by plantar fasciitis. Likewise, those who have a higher Body Mass Index (BMI) may experience heel pain more often than others.


Those who have experienced a plantar plate injury know that the pain on the ball of the foot that can result can be disruptive. The plantar plate is the strong supporting ligament of a toe, which is located on the ball of your foot. Plantar plate injuries are either acute or chronic.


Our full service physical therapy and rehabilitation centers specialize in pre-surgery and post-operative treatment. Whereas physical therapy following foot or ankle surgery has been recommended for years, new studies have shown that physical therapy prior to surgery may help patients to recover from surgery faster, thereby getting back into their normal routines quicker. Pre-surgery physical therapy generally involves a combination of exercise based physical therapy customized for the specific surgery, and injured area of the body.


Sinus Tarsi Syndrome affects the sinus tarsi region of the foot (the outside of the foot between the ankle and heel bone). The pain in this region may include a feeling of the ankle turning in or turning out, and general feelings of ankle instability. This foot condition rarely requires surgery and may be treated by an orthopedist with steroid injections. We provide physical therapy to treat Sinsus Tarsi syndrome through a series of strengthening exercises and other modalities. In some cases shoe inserts or orthotics may also provide relief from foot and ankle pain caused by Sinus Tarsi Syndrome.


Tendons are connective tissues that attach muscle to bone, and allow for joint movement. The irritation or inflammation of tendons in the foot and ankle is called tendonitis. There are three major tendons in the foot and ankle which commonly become inflamed, and result in pain in the foot and ankle. The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body, stretching from the calf muscles to the heel. Pain from Achilles tendonitis may appear in the morning, after exercising, and even after sitting for long.