WHAT SHOULD I DO? Foot and ankle pain treatment depends onwhere the injury happens and how long ago it occurred. If it is not possible to walk more than two or three steps without pain or if the joint looks out of place, it is important to visit a doctor as soon as possible, because a fracture may be suspected.
HOWWILL PHYSICAL THERAPY HELP MY SPRAIN OR STRAIN? Physical therapy is designed to relieve the pain of a foot or ankle problem, improve range of motion, and strengthen yourmuscles so they are able to take on the shock of normal activities. While pain within your foot or ankle may subside on its own, there are dysfunctions up the chain that can last for years and lead to other injuries. For example, changes in gait pattern can result in ankle injury, making it difficult for you to move around freely. Physical therapy is the best way to make sure that these injuries do not occur.
However, within a few hours of compression wrapping and elevation, most people notice that the swelling begins to subside, and they can carry on with most of their daily taskswithminimal discomfort. However, this initial treatment of a foot or ankle sprain does not help strengthen the area and prevent injury in
the future. For optimal results, it is best to consult with a physical therapist to see what the best methods would be for healing and avoiding re-injury of the affected area.
Our physical therapistswill showyou therapeutic exercises that target the muscles that keep the foot or ankle supported. Theymay even recommend a customized physical fitness program that can help you reduce stress on your feet and ankles.
PHYSICAL THERAPY IS THE BEST WAY TO MAKE SURE THAT THESE INJURIES DO NOT OCCUR.
Once the acute phase of the injury has passed (the point where there is pain), it is possible to prevent future injury through exercises targeted at strengthening the muscles that surround the ankle. Your physical therapist will prescribe certain strengthening exercises to regain your normal levels of function. This may include drawing the alphabet with your toes to improve range of motion, performing calf raises every time you stand at the sink, or raising your toes slowly off of the ground when you are standing in line at the grocery store.
Whether you sustained a sprain or strain, physical therapy is the answer to achieving long-termrelief. Contact Iberia Rehab today to schedule a consultation or to find out more about howphysical therapy can help relieve your foot and ankle pains. For more information about how Iberia Sports & Rehab can help you, call us at 337.367.3331 or visit isrehab.com .
HEALTHY RECIPE “Immunity Booster” Chicken Soup
Ingredients • 2 tbsp olive oil • 1 lb chicken breast
• 1 medium lemon (zest & juice) • 1 handful fresh ginger • 2 qt chicken broth • 1 can coconut milk (optional)
• 1 medium onion, diced • 3 large carrots, diced • 2 celery stalks diced • 3 cloves of garlic, diced
Instructions Heat olive oil over medium high heat. Add chicken breast and brown. Then, add onion, garlic, carrots, celery, salt and pepper. Cook for about 5 min, until softened. Add 2 quarts of chicken broth and ginger with the skin on. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 35-45 minutes (the longer you boil ginger the stronger it is). Remove ginger and discard. Remove chicken, then shred and set aside. Add lemon zest and squeeze lemon to taste. Continue to simmer for 15 minutes. Add shredded chicken and (optional) 1 can of coconut milk.
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