Recovering from an injury can be a difficult and frustrating process. Rehab following an injury is extremely important to prevent long term or reoccurring problems. At My FootDr, we pride ourselves on helping our patients return to their favourite sports and start living life pain-free again.
Is There a Best Way?
Well, the short answer is no. No universal formula will work the same for everyone. Having said that, there are a series of factors that determine the efficiency of your recovery plan.
How Do We Go About it?
We will explain a little about the three broad phases of the injury rehabilitation process and how to approach each step the right way.
First phase: Protection and Offloading
The body’s first reaction to injury is inflammation and pain. The first stage of recovery focuses on controlling pain and swelling in order to avoid any further damage The also allows consolidation of the injured structures.
Your podiatrist will suggest appropriate rest with some sort of protective cast or tape to stabilise the injury. Pain management with analgesic medication and/or anti-inflammatories may be considered.
Rigid strapping is used to provide support and stability to an injured joint or muscle group by immobilizing it.
Compression socks provide compression to the calf muscles or foot and ankle structures, reducing fluid accumulation from inflammation and helping to reduce pain.
Non weight-bearing / Post op shoe / Walker Boots offloads weight behind the MP joints and reducing pressure on the forefoot. The off loading effect allows wounds under the metatarsal heads or toes and post forefoot trauma to heal faster.
Second Phase: Reloading and Reconditioning
While a temporary period of rest can be useful at times, rest is NOT the ultimate answer to rehabilitation. In some injuries, you need to LOAD the tissue in order for it to heal well.
35% of people who suffer an ankle sprain go on to re-sprain it within one year, often because they have failed to regain full strength, control and mobility around the ankle.
Carefully managed loading of the affected area at this stage can speed up recovery. This stage of rehabilitation involves gradually loading the muscles/tendons/bones or ligaments to improve proprioception, remodel the injured structures, reduce scarring and adhesions, increase muscle strength and size and develop tensile strength – a healed tissue that can withstand the stresses and strains of everyday life and exercise.
The aims at this stage include restoring range of motion, muscle strength, endurance, power, and improving flexibility. Our podiatrists achieve these results by carefully selecting and planning various exercises and drills for each patient.
Stretching too far or starting activity too early can slow or even reverse the healing process.
There is no standard program that works for everyone. we’re experts in program design and exercise selection. My FootDr podiatrists’ will need to understand your injury and goals before tailoring your unique plan to pain-free life, taking into consideration your stage of injury and your recovery goals as well as.
Get professional advice so you know you’re on the right track.
Pain Management and Healing Enhancement
At My FootDr, our approach to treating pain and rehabilitating conditions is multifaceted; pain or healing management therapy can be part of an overall treatment plan.
Effective, non-invasive solution for musculoskeletal pain
Does not require anaesthesia or any medications
Only takes 10-20 minutes per session
Only requires 3-6 sessions on average, spaced one week apart
RSWT is a non-invasive treatment for chronic musculoskeletal pain. Acoustic shockwaves are passed through the skin and into an affected area at a set frequency using a hand-held applicator.
It stimulates the body to repair itself using its natural processes, as opposed to introducing an inorganic substance into the body.
Do you suffer from chronic Heel Pain or Plantar Fasciitis?
RSWT is the single biggest advance in the treatment of plantar fasciitis (or fasciopathy) in the last 20 years when measured by persistent pain relief.
The Podiatry team at My FootDr Singapore is highly trained and skilled at treating and resolving injuries and pain conditions holistically. Give us a call at 6836 8144 or visit www.myfootdr.com.sg to schedule a session with one of our podiatrists.