Helpful Foot Tips: July 2021

Helpful Foot Tips: July 2021

  1. The importance of rehabilitation

If you have had an injury in the past, you may have noticed that the injured site is now different. Injuries to the foot and ankle can cause instability and pain.

The degree of injury will determine the extent of destabilisation. You may have had a small tear or a complete rupture of a ligament, or bone bruising to a complete break with a lateral ankle sprain. All of which will result in different outcomes throughout the process of recovery.

Your rehabilitation will be dependent on what damage has occurred.

So why is rehabilitation important?
Your body needs time to recover and stabilise.

Some structures initially require complete offloading (crutches) and some require partial offloading (strapping) whilst others respond well to loading (walking). However, all structures need to be gradually reloaded to decrease chance of re-injury and complications.

It is important to have a thorough rehabilitation program for your specific injury. If you do not rehabilitate, rush, or mis-manage your injury, you risk prolonged time out of sport, injuring the area again, or being left with chronic pain and decreased function.

2. Relieving tension

If you are working, exercising or taking care of your little ones, being on your feet all day puts a lot of stress on your body, especially your feet.

Treat your feet at the end of a big day and give them a massage, or better yet if you can, get someone else to!!

We recommend either massage by hand, spikey ball or something similar. Get into those tight spots and release any tension built up over the day or week and your feet will love you for it.

But why stop at your feet? Releasing tension through the rest of your legs not only feels great but can further help your feet. Foam rolling is a great way to release tight calves, hamstrings, quads and glutes, and best of all, you can easily do it while watching your favourite Netflix show.

3. Orthotic check

Do you have orthotics? Have you had them for years and years? Do you even remember what you got them for? It might be time to check if your orthotics are still suitable for you.

We recommend getting your orthotics checked by your podiatrist every 12 months to ensure that their function remains the same as when they were issued. You may notice that the top cover of your orthotics is starting to wear and is becoming thin or peeling away.

We want to see you at your peak, so it is important to ensure that the orthotic is as supportive as it needs to be and ensures that your injury remains under control.

If you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to call us at the clinic on (03) 9568 3107 or email at admin@sespodiatry.com.au

You can also book an appointment online to have one of our podiatrists specifically assess your enquiry.