Physical Therapy for Foot / Ankle Pain Relief

Health Loft Physical Therapists have worked with a variety of shoulder and elbow conditions caused by activities across the spectrum, from work to sport and exercise related injuries. The shoulder and elbow interact with other regions of the upper body like the neck and upper back. We typically see that mobility and strength problems begin in the back with your shoulder blade and drive many of the problems you may feel in your shoulder or elbow.

Physical Therapy Assessment:

At Health Loft we spend the time getting to know you. We want to understand what is important to you, what goals you have, and what activities you want to get back to. This allows us to create an individualized or tailored approach to match your needs and get you the result you want.

During your exam, our therapists will check the motion and strength of your hip, pelvis, knee, and foot/ankle to see if any deficits in these areas could be affecting the knee. We then take a look at a variety of activities related to your injury such as your squat, lunge, lifting, walking, running, and stair mechanics to assess how your form might be impacting your knee pain. We complete the exam with a few specialized tests to pinpoint the problem before creating a physical therapy plan to get you the result you are looking for.

Physical Therapy Treatments we offer:


  • Kiniesio Tape
  • Rock Tape
  • Athletic Tape

Specialty Services

  • Blood Flow Restriction Training
  • Dry Needling

Manual Therapy

  • Strain/Counterstrain
  • Myofascial Release (MFR)
  • Soft Tissue Mobilization (STM)
  • Muscle Energy Techniques
  • Graston
  • Asytm Therapy
  • Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue
  • Mobilization
  • Active Release Techniques
  • Joint Mobilizations
  • HVLA manipulation

Movement Analysis:

  • Gait/Running Analysis
  • Squat Analysis
  • Lifting Analysis

Postural Retraining

  • Sitting
  • Standing
  • Work Place

Specialty Approaches

  • Maitland
  • IPA Approach
  • Mckenzie Approach


  • Sport Specific Training
  • Shoe Type and Wear Pattern Assessment

Exercise Program 

  • Foot and Ankle Strength/Mobility Program
  • Balance Training
  • Digital Exercise Program

What you can do on your own to help:

  • Improve your foot and ankle strength
  • Warm up before exercise or activity
  • Stretch after exercise or activity
  • Work on the intrinsic strength of your feet


For more specific advice, tips, and exercises, check out our Articles and Instagram page. To schedule an assessment of your ankle pain or injury with one of our physical therapists in Chicago, IL you can call (312) 374 - 5399 or schedule an appointment online.