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If you begin to experience pain in your feet, it could be a sign of a deeper issue. Fortunately, physical therapy can help. Contact Physical Therapy & Rehab Specialists today to schedule a consultation and find out how our services can benefit you! Could Your Foot or Ankle Pain Be One of These Conditions? While there are many different factors that could be leading to the discomfort you are feeling, some of the most common conditions of the foot and ankle that we treat are tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, and neuropathy:  Tendinitis Tendinitis is known as an “overuse injury,” because it develops over time. Because of this, it is a common condition that can arise in the feet and ankles.

Every bone in the body is connected with muscular fibers called tendons. The tendons are flexible, allowing the body to move freely by letting bones stretch apart or move in one direction or another. Tendinitis occurs when the tendons become inflamed, which can result in swelling and pain, especially with movement of the affected area. Tendinitis that occurs in the feet or ankles is commonly referred to as Achilles tendinitis, since it develops in the Achilles tendon. It is also colloquially referred to as “runner’s ankles” or “runner’s heels.” Plantar Fasciitis When understanding plantar fasciitis, it is important to also understand heel spurs. Plantar fasciitis, also colloquially referred to as “policeman’s heel,” can either develop on its own or as a symptomatic response to heel spurs. Heel spurs are calcium deposits that grow on the bottom of the

heel and can cause bone-like protrusions to stick out of the flat underside of the heel. This can result in soreness or pain, which can develop into plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis occurs as an inflammation of the “plantar fascia,” which is a long tissue at the bottom of your feet that connects from the heel bone to the toes. Because of the range of tissue, you may feel pain or soreness in your heel, toes, or the entirety of your foot’s underside. People with plantar fasciitis also report their peak pain occurring in the morning, describing it as a “stabbing pain” that seems to alleviate with mobility as the day progresses. It is also important to contact a doctor if you notice swelling or pain at the bottom of your foot, as it may be a sign of plantar fasciitis, and could be a symptom of heel spurs.

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When an Anodyne Therapy treatment is administered, the affected body part(s) will be exposed in phototherapy, also referred to as “light therapy” using a specialized machine. The specific wavelengths emitted by the machine, as well as the prescribed amount of time the injured area will be exposed to them, will be determined by your physical therapist in regard to the nature of your condition. While Anodyne Therapy may still be a fairly new form of treatment, it fits perfectly in line with the American Physical Therapy Association’s definition of what physical therapy is: “The goal of physical therapy or physiotherapy is to improve mobility, restore function, reduce pain, and prevent further injury by using a variety of methods, including exercises, stretches, traction, electrical stimulation, and massage.” Contact Us Today! If you begin to notice pain in your foot or ankles as you participate in more warm-weather activities, don’t hesitate to contact Physical Therapy & Rehab for assistance. We’ll provide you with an individualized treatment plan based around your specific needs, so you can get back to doing the activities you love as quickly as possible! Call Physical Therapy & Rehab Specialists today at 989-631-3570 to schedule a consultation.

Neuropathy Neuropathy refers to a disease state of nerves. This typically occurs in people who suffer from diabetes as this damages the nerves, especially in the feet. In addition, circulation issues can cause neuropathy to occur in the feet, legs or hands. Various factors, which contribute to poor circulation, can often be improved. This in turn improves the neuropathy to varying degrees. Neuropathy can be especially problematic as the lack of sensation in the feet can lead to cuts or injuries without the person knowing. Since circulation is usually compromised, the chances for infection become high. Fortunately, physical therapy can improve your circulation and get you moving comfortably once again. Treating These Conditions With Anodyne Therapy Anodyne Therapy can be used to relieve several uncomfortable symptoms associated with these conditions, including pain, stiffness,

muscle spasms, and circulation irregularities. It is typically given in tandem with traditional physical therapy treatments, including therapeutic exercises

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CALF RAISES Stand next to a chair, counter or wall. Stand on your tip toes, lifting your heels as high as you can. Relax your heels back down to the ground. 10 - 12 repetitions.

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If you know someone suffering with aches and pains, give the gift of health. Refer them to Physical Therapy & Rehab Specialists today. Pass along this newsletter or have them call us directly to schedule an appointment with us.

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Common gardening activities, such as digging, planting, weeding, mulching, and raking can cause stress and strain on muscles and joints. This is especially true for senior citizens and people who are normally sedentary. Different body areas such as the shoulders, neck, back, and knees can be vulnerable to injury during gardening. These Tips Can Help Prevent Injuries: • Warm up before you garden. A 10 minute brisk walk and stretches for the spine and limbs are good ways to warm up. • Change positions frequently to avoid stiffness or cramping. • Make use of a garden cart or wheelbarrow to move heavy planting materials or tools. Be sure to keep your back straight while using a wheelbarrow.

• If kneeling on both knees causes discomfort in your back, try kneeling on one and keep the other foot on the ground. Use knee pads or a gardening pad when kneeling. • If kneeling or leaning down to the ground causes significant pain in your back or knees, consider using elevated planters to do your gardening. • Avoid bending your wrist upwards when pulling things or using gardening tools. Instead, keep your wrist straight and use your shoulder muscles to pull and lift. • End your gardening session with some gentle backward bending of your low back, a short walk and light stretching, similar to stretches done before starting.

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Patient Success Spotlight

Sherry L. Knarr P.T., M.S.P.T., O.M.P.T.

“I was actually very skeptical as to whether Rehab would work. I was originally seen by Madhu Rishi for neuropathy. This progressed into strengthening other muscular reflexes that had weakened over time. I have rejoined activities that I had been sitting out of for some time. Following the instructions led me to growing stronger and avoiding what I feared, which is surgery to correct problems that existed for some time. I would recommend this course of action first before rushing into surgery and other extreme measures. -H. H. “I have rejoined activities that I had been sitting out of for some time.”

Sherry Is Accepting New Patients! “It is my belief that by digging deeper to understand the underlying causes of injury, inflammation, and imbalance in our body and our environment, we can team up with our patients to interrupt the negative side effects of the pain, immobility, and frustration they experience. I am trained as an orthopedic

manual physical therapist, so I have a strong hands-on approach to helping my patients alleviate muscle pain, restore joint motion and improve balance. I also believe it is important to arm my patients with practical knowledge to help them regain confidence and avoid reinjury while getting back to life.” Education/Training:

Areas of Specialty: • Orthopedic and Sports Injury Rehabilitation • Manual Therapy • Vestibular and Balance Rehabilitation

Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy (OMPT) Graduate Certification – Oakland University, MI Master of Science: Physical Therapy – Central Michigan University, MI

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