Tag Archives: foot pain

Astym therapy helped with more movement after foot surgery

1 shattered fifth metatarsal = 3 surgeries to my foot, 1 very weak ankle = 1 Brostrum procedure. After my foot surgeries, I never had physical therapy. After my Brostrum, I attend to help along my healing process. About a month ago, I had my first astym treatment. At first I was a non-believer. Let me tell you, within in the month I could feel the difference. Around my metatarsal repair, it isn’t so bound up anymore. The pain and knots are subsiding. It doesn’t feel like a solid mass of scar tissue any longer. Overall, it feels better on a daily basis, but especially after an Astym treatment. It is helping both my ankle and my foot. I was not a believer at first, however, now I am.

Beth Hulings
Treating Clinic: Momentum Physical Therapy
548 Running West Drive, Gillette, WY 82718
Phone: 307-696-6045  Website:  www.momentumwy.com

Bye Bye Foot Pain, Thank You Astym Therapy

I have had difficulty and pain with walking/running for few years, and it got to the point where it was stopping me from doing my normal daily activities. After numerous doctor visits, and various treatments I still did not have the relief or answer to my problems. My foot pain stemmed from plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, over-pronation, and an old Achilles tendon injury I had suffered in my left foot/ankle. After finding what was causing me so much pain I directed my attention to stretching exercises, elastic support socks, and use of an arch support did not give me the relief I was searching for.
After going back to the doctor and expressing my frustrations, I was recommended to follow up with a physical therapist to consult and design a more specific exercise program. While at TOPS the evaluation covered multiple exercises for me to perform, that we much more advanced than what I had done prior. Dr. Brannon also included talked and introduced me to Astym therapy. I have been so very thankful and grateful ever since! It was amazing to me that after just one Astym treatment I noted the improvement I was searching for. I experienced a decrease in pain. After multiple treatments, I had finally gained control of my pain. But, through this I also discovered that I had a major increased functionality of my foot. Thank you TOPS for all you have done for me and getting me back even better!

Fran Brannon
Treating Clinic: TOPS Physical Therapy 5353 North 16th Street
Suite 120 Phoenix, AZ 85016
Phone: 602-526-0037  Website: topsphysicaltherapy.com

Astym therapy gave me new feet

I had surgery on my right foot in April of 2016 and then 4 month later had the same surgery on my left foot. I followed all of the doctor’s orders and continued to have pain in both feet with walking and was not able to exercise. I finally went to Momentum Physical Therapy and after the first Astym treatment I felt like I had new legs. I have continued with treatment and have been able to return to my old exercise routine.

Braxtayn Hendryx
Treating Clinic: Momentum Physical Therapy
548 Running West Drive Gillette, WY 82718
Phone: 307-696-6045  Website:  www.momentumwy.com

Nothing Short of A Miracle: Astym therapy helped my foot pain

Difficulty and pain with ambulation had been becoming worse for me over a period of a few years, and was limiting normal daily activities. It was determined that this difficulty stemmed, in great part, from plantar fasciitis, peroneal tendonitis, over-pronation, and strained Achilles tendon in the right foot/ankle. Stretching exercises, elastic support socks, and use of an arch support did not address the issue long-term.

Following my request for a physical therapy consult for more specific exercises, the therapist evaluation covered multiple exercises for me to perform. The evaluation also included a discussion about Astym therapy. I have been so very thankful and grateful ever since! It was amazing to me that after just one Astym treatment I noted some improvement with decreased pain. Subsequent treatment resulted in not only further pain control, but also in increased functionality of my foot. My over-pronation was completely gone, my arch was improved to normal, the Achilles was no longer tight… I was thrilled!

Maintaining functionality and independence as much as possible is so very important to me, and with this exposure to Astym therapy, I have that.

Barbara Lentman
Treating Clinic: OSF Center for Health-Streator
111 Spring Street, Streator, IL 61364
Phone: 815-673-4549 Website: www.osfhealthcare.org

An Amazing Outcome – Astym therapy cured my chronic foot pain

I broke the fifth metatarsal in my right foot, 15 years ago while working at my job. The environment required that we wear steel toe boots. I am 5’2 and was assisting a co-worker put merchandise in the overhead compartments. I was told that the movements I performed to hand boxes up with my height, caused the bone to break.
After the cast was removed, I continued to have multiple problems.
I was unable to drive, work, dance, or walk without intense pain. All the little things in life became unbearable.
I tried regular physical therapy but here was little or no change with my foot. My orthopedic doctor gave up on me and said there was nothing else he could do or recommend.
I am a person who does not take narcotics well, they make me sleep, masking the problem and not a solution.
In August, a friend asked if the doctor ever recommended ASTYM for therapy. I had never heard of the procedure and immediately looked it up.
I read everything I could get my hand on and decided to give it a try.
I called Heartland Rehab and was scheduled for an appointment the very next week. Nicole was amazing.
I arrived for the appointment and met Meryl Willingmyre and my life will never be the same.
She was always on time, encouraging, and uplifting. She explained the process and we began.
The first week was the greatest challenge but I knew this would be the answer I was looking for.
If we had know how dramatic the end results would have been, we both agreed it should have been recorded.
After suffering for 15years with pain that never stopped – this treatment was a miracle.
Thank you Meryl!

Evelyn Stone
Treating Clinic:  Heartland Rehab Services-Sicklerville
Lakeside Business Park
502-503 Independence Boulevard
Sicklerville, NJ 08081
Phone: 856-629-8777
Website:  www.hcr-manorcare.com

Bunionectomy left me with pain; Astym therapy fixed me

I had a bunionectomy in September of 2015. I went through 2 months of traditional physical therapy and was still in quite a bit of pain, but felt the therapy was no longer helping and thought that was just the healing process and it needed more time. Three months later my foot still hurt every time it hit the ground, I had a lot of swelling and stiffness and when I noticed I’d lost over half my range of motion in my big toe, I called my podiatrist. She wrote it off to “osteoarthritis”. I felt I didn’t want to live my life with the condition my foot was in and believed it could improve. I chose a different therapy place this time and went to Team Rehabilitation. I didn’t realize how lucky I got, they were one of the few places in the area that practices Astym therapy.  Within about two weeks, I noticed a huge improvement in my foot and toe, my pain level went from a 7 to a 3. I’m continuing therapy, I still have slight swelling and stiffness, but am so glad I asked my podiatrist for a second referral to physical therapy and chose Team Rehabilitation. Without Astym therapy, I’m sure I would have spent the rest of my life in unnecessary pain and discomfort.

Sue DeMaggio
Treating Clinic: Team Rehabilitation Physical Therapy-Southfield
27652 Franklin Road Southfield, MI 48034
Phone: 248-359-8700 Website: www.team-rehab.com