How to Remove Scar Tissue From the Foot With Rehab

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A physical therapist massages the foot of a patient who is lyng down. (Image: AndreyPopov/iStock/Getty Images)

Scar tissue can occur on the outside or inside of your foot, especially due to a sports-related injury. This scar tissue can inhibit your foot's movement and strength. Many orthopaedic surgeons will schedule appointments with a physical therapist to help you heal scar tissue and regain strength and flexibility. The physical therapist is responsible for designing a rehabilitation program that will focus on your supporting muscles and tendons to heal the scar tissue and prevent further injury.

Step 1

Rest your foot regularly to avoid overexertion during daily activity. Many physical therapists provide ice or heat treatments to reduce swelling and speed healing to your scar tissue. This is done throughout your rehabilitation. You may also be instructed to prop your foot at home and apply ice or heat to aid in the healing process.

Step 2

Massage your foot at the injury site for five to 10 minutes per day. According to Marjorie Brook, a New York-based licensed massage therapist, massage increases circulation to scar tissue, helping rebuild and distribute collagen fibers decreasing scarring and speeding the healing process.

Step 3

Stretch your ankles and foot arch two to three times daily to increase flexibility. As scar tissue forms, your foot's natural movement is inhibited as your muscles become stiff. This is a normal part of the healing process. Stretching your foot muscles will warm the affected area and prevent stiffening from occurring.

Step 4

Rotate each joint in your foot daily to increase range of motion. Range of motion is important to restoring full movement and healing potential to scar tissue. By rolling your ankle or flexing your foot several times a day, you can increase natural movement and help increase blood circulation to the scar tissue.

Step 5

Increase your exercise routines gradually. Returning to full activity can worsen scar tissue and cause further injury. Begin exercising a few minutes each day, gradually adding one to two minutes to your exercise time each time. This allows scar tissue to heal and muscle strength to return naturally.


Take all medications as prescribed by your doctor. Medication is an integral part of your rehabilitation.

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