Our Therapists Will Give You a Leg Up
Critical to your independence and quality of life, your legs, ankles, and feet are some of the most abused thanks to New Yorkers “walking city” reality. Our therapists can help get you back on your feet and feeling great.
Leg, Foot, & Ankle Pain Therapy
Located in Manhattan’s Union Square, NYC
How We Help
From standing in line at your favorite coffee shop to running the NYC Marathon, good foot mechanics can be a challenge in a city like New York.
Your feet never get a break (face it, you never land a seat on the subway during rush hour)!
As a moving foundation for the body, the foot’s ability to bear weight correctly is indispensable for a healthy muscular balance of your whole leg. When treating conditions of the foot and ankle, our therapists look at the whole leg to ensure proper loading for efficient gait.
Our therapy is customized to your need and is focused on addressing the root of your problem. No two individuals are alike, and we treat their injuries and conditions with the same mentality.
Some conditions we treat are discussed on this page, but this list is far from complete. If you do not see your specific problem, please feel free to get in touch with us.
Who We Help
Leg, foot, and ankle pain can happen to anyone, especially if you spend considerable time walking around the city. We work with people from all creeds and lifestyles, and have specific expertise with auto accident injuries, sports injuries, and repetitive stress injuries.
Our therapists treat:
- Fractures: Traumatic & Stress
- Gait Disorder
- Ligament Tear
- Muscle Tear or Strain
- Myofascial Pain Syndrome
- Nerve Entrapment
- Post-Surgical Reconstruction
- Repetitive Strain Injury
- Sport Technique Rehabilitation
Treating Leg, Foot, & Ankle Pain
The first step with any treatment – especially when involving the lower body – is to assess the injury or condition causing pain. We are less interested in addressing symptoms (though that is very much a goal), and are instead focused on identifying and treating the root of the problem.
Arthritis in lower extremity injuries can be painful and difficult for patients. When we’re starting treatment with arthritis in the leg, foot and ankle it’s important to set goals to work towards in the rehab process. We will work to lower the pain and increase the flexibility of the joints through controlled exercises and manual therapy.
We work to reduce swelling, stiffness, strength deficiencies and pain through exercise that improve balance, motion and reduce pain while also using heat and cold therapy.
Dislocation & Instability
After dislocation many patients lose a large percentage of their range of motion and require joint and muscle strengthening. We build a custom plan of care that factors in all components of the patient’s life to return them safely to normal life activity and movement.
Fractures (Traumatic & Stress)
Fractures and traumatic injuries are often very difficult injuries and require the patient to work hard to meet physical therapy goals. We treat post operative fractures as singular injuries and develop the patient’s treatment plan accordingly.
There are many factors to consider when treating gait disorder. Typically, there is an underlying condition prompting gait disorder such as: neuro, vestibular or muscular variations. We design, educate and execute and effect therapy plan that works for the patient.
Ligament tears often require surgery and a strict physical therapy regimen after the procedure. At James Fowler PT we always follow the surgeon’s post-op protocols very closely and work as a team with the orthopedist to meet the goals and necessary range of motion and strength goals.
Muscle Tear or Strain
Each patient has a different level of severity of leg and/or muscle tear or strain. We evaluate each patient and prescribe the necessary exercises for the patient to have effective physical therapy rehabilitation.
Myofascial Pain Syndrome
Myofascial pain syndrome, also known as muscle soreness has different levels of pain and stiffness. When treating muscle soreness in the leg, ankle and foot we typically start with hot and cold therapy and follow that with manual therapy to relax the muscle and relieve the soreness and tightness. Along the the manual therapy we will recommend a strengthening program to help counter future myofascial pain.
When treating nerve entrapment we often factor in three things: flexibility, cardio and strength. Flexibility is an important part of the treatment not only to help with the ability to complete exercises more effectively but it helps reduce pain when low impact cardio and strength training which both help to decrease nerve pain.
With Post surgical reconstruction on lower extremity injuries it’s important to follow a strict protocol and educate the patient on movement rehabilitation. We will design a home exercise plan and work on the range of motion and perform manual therapy to help break up scar tissue.
Repetitive Strain Injury
Treating the lower extremity repetitive strain injuries at James Fowler PT includes manual therapy, instruction on effective ways to handle daily tasks and reduce the risk of worsening the injury and exercises and stretches.
Sports Technique Rehabilitation
Sports technique rehabilitation for a lower extremity injuries is the last step in the recovery process for an athlete. We work to improve strength, range of motion, balance and endurance so the athlete can re-enter their sport stronger and more aware of their mechanics than prior to the injury.
Tendinitis in the lower extremities is usually caused by overuse over an extended period of time. We will prescribe the patient to rest and avoid any and all painful activities to reduce the flaring of the tendon. From there we will institute a stretching and exercise program, alignment and postural reeducation, weight training and intensified workouts.
Our Space: Dedicated to Effective Therapy & Comfort
We have been in our Union Square location for over 16 years and are proud of the reputation we have earned all over NYC. Our treatment space is located in Lower Manhattan, a block North of Union Square.
Meet Our Therapists
Our dedicated and experienced team of therapists and paramedical support staff are what empower us to help our patients.
Well-trained, experienced, and motivated to help you feel better, you can count on our team of physical therapists and massage therapists to help you move and feel better.
Get in Touch
James Fowler Physical Therapy is located in Union Square at 873 Broadway, between 18th and 19th street. (To buzz into building dial 012).
Monday - Friday: 7:30 am - 7 pm