Quality of Care - That's what differentiates FootWorks PT from many other clinics.
One on one treatments - Your rehabilitation is performed solely with the Physical Therapist. Sessions last one hour and you will not be overlapped with another patient. Aides and techs are not used.
Manual Therapy - Utilizing the hands to assess and treat the body is known as Manual Therapy, and it will be a significant part of your rehab. You may be surprised by the lack of exercise equipment at FootWorks Physical Therapy, but you will quickly learn the benefits of “hands on” therapy as structures are more specifically isolated and treated.
Patient Education - Patients who have a clear understanding of their injury are better able to facilitate healing and prevent re-injury. That is why your therapist will take the time to educate you about your injury and make sure you understand your treatment program and how modify your living environment to prevent further injury.
Exercise Programs - Your therapist will create a program of specific exercises to address your injury and your goals.
Neal has spent over 15 years working in the bicycle industry, raced road and triathlon nearly 20 years, and has been using his biomechanical expertise to correctly fit riders to their bikes since 1995. Who better to fit you to your bike than an expert in both the human body and the bicycle. In fact, Neal has a second company, FootWorks Cycles, that specializes in custom frame design and bicycle fitting using some of the industry's latest technology including video analysis and saddle pressure mapping.
A properly fitted bicycle will maximize your power, efficiency, and comfort. While at the same time help prevent overuse injuries, and allow current injuries to heal.
To determine optimal bike fit a comprehensive evaluation of your strength, flexibility, core stability, and foot and leg alignment is made. Multiple measurements of your body are also taken. Next, your fit and technique on your current setup are observed. Misalignments and deficiencies are noted, and changes are made.
Attention to detail is also given to your shoe / pedal interface. The pedal is where your power is transmitted, and a perfectly placed shoe can make all the difference in power and comfort. The perfect cleat placement is made, and if necessary, wedges or custom orthotics may be recommended.
“I pronate, do I need orthotics?” This is a question that is frequently asked and the answer is not the same for everyone. It may surprise you to know that pronation is normal. Every foot goes through pronation and supination with every step you make. However, the problem lies in whether you pronate too much or too little. That is where orthotics can help.
Orthotics are custom shoe inserts that improve the alignment and the biomechanics of the foot, ankle and leg. When the body is properly aligned it is able to function efficiently and with appropriate strain. Whether you are an athlete, or you are just on your feet a lot, improper foot mechanics can lead to pain. Not only foot pain, but, potentially knee, hip, and back pain as well.
Neal Goldberg specializes in body mechanics. That is why he looks closely at the feet. If foot alignment is not correct, the rest of the body can suffer. However, Neal also feels that orthotics are only a part of the rehab treatment and that proper flexibility, strength, and core stability need to be optimized for orthotics to work as effectively as possible.
Along with orthotics, shoes have a great impact on foot function. Neal will make sure you are using the proper shoes for your needs, and will make recommendations for you. It is also not uncommon for Neal to meet you at local running stores to ensure that you are getting the correct shoe.