The Achilles tendon is formed from the gastronemius and soleus muscles (the calf muscles) and attaches to the heel bone. One of the major problems that can occur with this tendon is Achilles tendonosis (also called Achilles tendonitis).
Achilles tendonosis, usually refers to degeneration within the tendon and can occur due to overuse and repetitive motion. It can be noted during walking or pushing off with the foot. Pain and burning or a fullness and swelling can be noted. Treatment can involve physical therapy, orthotics, anti-inflammatory medications, and rest and activity modification.
An ankle sprain can occur from a sudden twisting of the ankle, usually inward. The outside of the ankle is the most common site affected. Pain, swelling, and bruising may occur over the site. Treatment may involve rest, ice, compression, bracing and taping. Physical therapy can help prevent recurrence.
Diabetic neuropathy is the most common complication of diabetes. It usually affects the feet and legs but can also commonly affect the arms. Diabetic neuropathy can manifest as numbness, tingling, weakness, aching, and tightness. Primary treatment is control of blood sugars. Management of pain and symptoms with medications and physical therapy modalities is also many times indicated.
Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick fibrous band that extends from your heel to your toes. You may notice pain in the heel, especially with the first several steps in the morning. It can follow a recent increase in activity or change in footwear.
Treatment can include shoe inserts, use of a walking boot, physical therapy. Anti-inflammatory medications or steroid injections are also sometimes administered. In rare cases surgery may be indicated.
Shin splints (also known as medical tibial stress syndrome) is an injury to the shin area due to over use or repetitive use. It can occur with a recent increase in exercise activity. During the early period of the condition pain may present with the start of activity and improve during the activity. However as the condition progresses, pain may occur earlier and even at rest. Rest, physical therapy and activity modification can help to alleviate the pain. Orthotics and a change in footwear may be helpful.
Have you or any of your loved ones experienced walking difficulties, falls, unsteadiness, or injuries due to loss of balance? There are Intricate movement involves in the process of walking and balance such as ears, eyes, brain, muscles and sensory nerves. Long term difficulties result from muscular neurological issues. Gait and loss of balance problems can lead to injury, loss of independence, fear and change of lifestyle.
Gait and balance problems can be diagnosed by physical and neurological examination. Our doctor will ask questions about your symptoms and their severities. Individual gait dysfunctions can be assessed by performing some tests like hearing tests, inner ear tests and vision tests, or send for further necessary nerve tests if needed. Treatments may include medications and Physical Therapy.
We have licensed and experienced Physical Therapists that will evaluate and provide a detailed plan with regards to your concerns. The rehabilitation program is required to learn to move muscles, learn how to prevent falls, and to compensate for the lack of balance.
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