Physical Therapy Specialists

Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center -  - Foot and Ankle Specialist

Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center

Foot and Ankle Specialists located in Falls Church, VA & Arlington, VA

The physical therapy department at Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center (OFAC) in Falls Church and Arlington, Virginia, just outside of Washington, DC, offers an interdisciplinary approach to rehabilitation. The physicians and physical therapists work together as a team to ensure you achieve your rehabilitation goals in the safest and most effective manner. To find out how physical therapy can help you, call or request an appointment online today.

Physical Therapy Q & A

What is physical therapy?

Physical therapy is a branch of rehabilitative health care that focuses on relieving pain and improving joint function after a musculoskeletal injury or surgery. The physical therapy team at Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center consists of licensed physical therapists, athletic trainers, and physical therapy technicians.

With the personalized physical therapy treatment plan they create for you, your recovery from an injury or surgery can occur faster.

What foot problems can physical therapy treat?

The physical therapy team at Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center specializes in foot and ankle conditions, but they welcome all orthopaedic patients. They provide comprehensive evaluations and treatment for a broad range of musculoskeletal issues, including:

  • Arthritis
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Ankle sprains
  • Ankle fractures
  • Gait deviations

You may also need physical therapy to facilitate recovery after a foot or ankle surgery, such as:

  • Bunionectomy
  • Total ankle replacement
  • Achilles tendon repair
  • Posterior tibialis tendon repair
  • Peroneus tendon repair

The dedicated team at Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center helps you achieve optimal physical performance, both at work and at play.

What orthopaedic issues can physical therapy treat?

The experienced physical therapy team at Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center provides therapy for general orthopaedic conditions as well. Some of the orthopaedic issues the team provides treatment for includes:

  • Low back and cervical pain
  • Shoulder injuries
  • Total joint replacement
  • Knee injuries
  • Hip and sacroiliac joint issues

The physical therapists also offer post-surgical rehabilitation, such as following shoulder or knee surgery.

What should I expect from a physical therapy session?

The physical therapy team at Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center works closely with your physician to develop an individualized treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.

During your initial evaluation, your therapist assesses your condition and reviews your symptoms and medical history. Then, together you develop an individualized treatment program to increase your mobility, range of motion, strength, flexibility, balance, stability, and endurance to help you recover faster and prevent future injuries. Your therapist also provides you with a home exercise program so you can get started right away.

At your follow-up sessions, you work one on one with your physical therapist improving mobility, strength, and stability to meet your functional goals. Your therapist devises an individualized exercise program for you to complete in the clinic with guidance from the athletic trainer or physical therapy technician.

They use the most advanced techniques and equipment, as well as alternative therapies to further improve and restore your health, such as:

Dry needling

Dry needling is a therapeutic treatment to relieve chronic and acute pain and promote recovery from injuries. It’s called dry needling because the needles don’t contain medication or anesthetic. Your provider inserts fine needles into areas of pain called trigger points.  

Laser Therapy

Laser therapy is a non-invasive technique to help reduce pain and inflammation. Lasers work by flooding the tissue with photons, which energizes cells resulting in increased circulation to the injured area and ultimately pain reduction. Laser therapy can be safely used as an adjunct or replacement for pharmaceutical drugs. Laser therapy last between 5-10 minutes depending on the condition being treated. It is administered directly to the skin and elicits soothing warmth as the therapy is administered. Patients generally see results after 3-5 treatments.


Wii-Hab is rehabilitative therapy using the Nintendo® Wii. This is a fun and challenging way to regain strength and function after a surgical procedure.

Graston technique

The experienced team at Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center also utilize the Graston technique, which uses special instruments to aid in soft tissue mobilization for the treatment of fascial restrictions, as well as muscle and tendon dysfunctions. The therapists have specialized training in order to be able to provide this treatment for you.

Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center also has a YouTube channel where you can find most of their prescribed physical therapy exercises. This helps you maintain progress at home by exercising with proper form.

For the highest quality care in physical therapy, call Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center or request an appointment online today.