Ankle Therapy Part 3

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I have some great ankle therapy exercises for you!
I have some great ankle therapy exercises for you!

Ankle Physical Therapy

St. Augustine Foot and Ankle

Longevity Physical Therapy St. Augustine

This is the third and final part in a 3 part series covering ankle therapy for an ankle injury. These are exercises you can do at home but it is recommended that you see a podiatrist and physical therapist to start your recovery. Longevity Physical Therapy St. Augustine is the preferred physical therapy practice of Dr. Thomas LeBeau and St. Augustine Foot and Ankle.

Partial Weight-Bearing Exercises
These ankle therapy exercises will help put more weight on the injured foot as well as strengthen it. Each one should be performed 10 times in a row.

Seated Calf Raise

  1. Sit in a chair with the injured foot on the floor.
  2. Lift your heel as far as possible while keeping your toes on the floor.
  3. Return heel to the floor.

Single Leg Stand

  1. Stand upright while holding onto a stable object.
  2. Shift some of your weight onto the injured foot.
  1. Hold the position for 15 seconds.
  2. Relax and put your weight back onto your uninjured foot.

Full Weight-Bearing Exercises
These ankle therapy exercises will help put more weight on the injured foot as well as strengthen it. Perform each one 10 times in a row.

Single Leg Stance

  1. Stand on the injured foot while lifting the uninjured foot off the ground.
  2. Hold the position for 15 seconds.
  3. Relax and put your weight back onto your uninjured foot.

Standing Calf Raise

  1. Stand on the injured foot while lifting the uninjured foot off the ground.
  2. Raise up, standing only on the ball of the injured foot and lifting your heel off the ground.
  1. Hold the position for 15 seconds.
  2. Relax and put your weight back onto your uninjured foot.

Lateral Stepping

(Increase the speed of this ankle therapy exercise as your healing progresses.)

  1. Place a rolled towel or short object on the ground to the side of your injured foot.
  2. Step over the towel with the injured foot and remain on that foot.
  3. Then bring the uninjured foot over the object and stand on both feet.
  4. Step back over the towel with the uninjured foot and remain on that foot.
  5. Then bring the injured foot back over the towel and stand on both feet.

Lateral Jump

(Increase the speed of this ankle therapy exercise as your healing progresses.)

  1. Place a rolled towel or short object on the ground to the side of your injured foot.
  2. Hop over the towel and land on the injured foot.
  3. Then hop back over the towel and land on the uninjured foot.

Balance Activities
Injury to ankles can often result in decreased balance ability. Towards the end of your rehabilitation performing balance activities is an important way to prevent future injury. Perform this ankle therapy exercise 10 times in a row.

Single Leg Stance on a Towel

  1. Fold a towel into a small rectangle and place on the ground.
  2. Stand with the injured foot on the towel.
  3. Lift the uninjured leg off the ground standing only on the towel with the injured leg.
  1. Hold for 15 seconds. (As balance improves, increase stance time on injured leg up to 45 seconds.)
  2. Return your uninjured foot to the floor.

With our experience at St. Augustine Foot and Ankle and Longevity Physical Therapy we will do everything we can to help with your ankle injury. If you suspect you have an ankle injury, require ankle physical therapy, or are feeling pain in your ankle or foot please give us a call to set an appointment as soon as possible at (904) 824-0869 or feel  free to email us at info@staugustinefoot.com

Ankle Physical Therapy

We can help you with your ankle physical therapy!
We can help you with your ankle physical therapy!

Ankle Physical Therapy

St. Augustine Foot and Ankle

Longevity Physical Therapy St. Augustine

This is the first part in a 3 part series covering ankle physical therapy for an ankle injury. These are exercises you can do at home but it is recommended that you see a podiatrist and physical therapist to start your recovery. Longevity Physical Therapy St. Augustine is the preferred physical therapy practice of Dr. Thomas LeBeau and St. Augustine Foot and Ankle.
The ankle joint is one of the major weight bearing structures in the body. As a result of this function and partly due to its structure, the ankle is the most commonly injured joint. Every year, an estimated 2 million people are seen by a physician for ankle sprains, strains, and fractures.

Injury to an ankle can increase the risk of re-injury to as much as 40 to 70%. For this reason it is important to strengthen and stretch your ankle with ankle physical therapy after injury to help decrease your risk.

Ankle physical therapy should be done slowly and carefully. Start with non-weight bearing exercises, moving to resisted exercises, and then weight bearing activities as your ankle recovers. In this 3 part series we will cover a progression of exercise types that will be the key to the effectiveness of ankle physical therapy. These exercise types are as follows: Range of motion, Isometric, Resistance, Partial Weight Bearing, Full Weight Bearing, and Balance.

Range of Motion Exercises – Non Weight Bearing
Use these ankle physical therapy exercises to increase ankle range of motion after injury.

All exercises (except The Alphabet) should be performed while sitting on the floor or another flat surface with your legs fully extended, knees straight, out in front of you. Each exercise should be performed 10 times in a row.

Dorsiflexion

  1. Moving only your ankle, point your foot back toward your nose (while keeping knees straight). Continue until you feel discomfort or can’t tilt it back any further.
  1. Hold this position for 15 seconds.
  2. Return to neutral position.

 

Plantar flexion

  1. Moving only your ankle, point your foot forward (while keeping knees straight). Continue until you feel discomfort or can’t move it any further.
  2. Hold this position for 15 seconds.
  3. Return to neutral position.

Inversion

  1. Moving only your ankle and keeping your toes pointed up, turn your foot inward, so the sole is facing your other leg. Continue until either discomfort is felt or you can no longer turn your foot inward.
  2. Hold this position for 15 seconds.
  3. Return to neutral position.

Eversion

  1. Moving only your ankle and keeping your toes pointed up, turn your foot outward, away from your other leg. Continue until either discomfort is felt or you can no longer turn your foot outward.
  2. Hold this position for 15 seconds.
  3. Return to neutral position.

The Alphabet

  1. Sit on a chair with your foot dangling in the air or on a bed with your foot hanging off the edge.
  2. Draw the alphabet one letter at a time by moving the injured ankle and using the great toe as your “pencil.”

With our experience at St. Augustine Foot and Ankle and Longevity Physical Therapy we will do everything we can to help with your ankle injury and get you back to your regular activity. If you suspect you have an ankle injury, require ankle physical therapy, or are feeling pain in your ankle or foot of any kind please give us a call to set an appointment as soon as possible at (904) 824-0869 or feel  free to email us at info@staugustinefoot.com

Dr. Thomas LeBeau St. Augustine

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Dr. Thomas LeBeau St. Augustine
Dr. Thomas LeBeau, here to help YOU!

Dr. Thomas LeBeau St. Augustine

Dr. Thomas LeBeau

St. Augustine Foot and Ankle

Although Dr. Thomas LeBeau is a highly skilled surgeon, he has been successfully helping patients recover from foot or ankle problems using conservative, nonsurgical methods for years. After helping thousands of patients overcome pain and lost function, he knows that surgery isn’t always the best solution.

However, in those cases where surgery is the only solution, he uses state-of-the-art minimally invasive techniques to shorten recovery time and reduce or eliminate complications. Whatever foot and ankle condition you have, rest assured that Dr. Thomas LeBeau offers the latest cosmetic and corrective care.

The right approach to help you get the right results.

Helping you achieve a fast, hassle-free recovery is Dr. Thomas LeBeau’s highest priority. That’s why St. Augustine Foot and Ankle provides state-of-the-art equipment such diagnostic ultrasound, computer-generated foot and ankle orthotics and comprehensive physical therapy services to support his conservative approach to podiatric care. Computer-generated orthotics are thin and lightweight and may eliminate the need for surgery.

Podiatric care that puts you first.

At St. Augustine Foot and Ankle, in St. Augustine, Florida your concerns matter. You are Dr. LeBeau’s main focus. He wants you to have proper treatment so you can go back to doing what you love most in life. Dr. LeBeau is a good listener — he’ll hear you out, helping you make smart choices about your foot and ankle health. He’ll take the time to explain all the treatment options available to you for any foot or ankle condition.

Conveniences for a more positive care experience.

  • Most insurance accepted and filed for you
  • Visa and MasterCard accepted
  • CareCredit® financing available
  • One of the few Medicaid providers in the area
  • Handicapped-accessible
  • Free parking
  • Easy-to-find location
  • Friendly, professional staff

With our experience at St. Augustine Foot and Ankle we will do everything we can to help you with your diabetic foot care and keep your feet healthy and functioning. If you are a diabetic please  give us a call to set an appointment as soon as possible at (904) 824-0869 or feel free to email us at info@staugustinefoot.com

 

Ankle Sprain: 101

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We can help you recover from an ankle sprain!

Ankle Sprain: 101

Thomas A. LeBeau

St. Augustine Foot and Ankle

An ankle sprain is an injury to one of the ligaments in your ankle. Ligaments are bands of tissue that connect our bones. Ligaments are flexible, however, all it takes is a sudden twist for them to stretch too far or tear.

Ankle sprains are graded according to severity. A Grade I sprain indicates ligaments that are stretched but not torn. A Grade II sprain indicates that ligaments are partially torn. Finally, a Grade III sprain is a fully torn ligament.

Ankle sprains grade also may indicate your discomfort or mobility. People with Grade I sprains may be able to walk without pain or a limp. Those with Grade III sprains are often in such pain that they can’t walk at all. Grade II sprains usually fall somewhere in between.

You might get a sprain if your foot lands on the ground at an angle. Ankle sprains often occur during intense physical activity or sports such as basketball, volleyball, running, jumping, or football. Ankle sprains are not limited to these activities and can happen in everyday activity.

At St. Augustine Foot and Ankle we will diagnose your ankle sprain by starting with a physical exam. We may also take X-rays to rule out broken bones or take an MRI. An MRI will show details of the ligament damage. We have an extremity MRI here at the office that is comfortable and does not require you to lay in a tube!

If you suspect you have an ankle sprain, here are a few tips treating it before you get to our office:

  • Rest the ankle – Stay off your feet! Keep weight off your ankle. If the pain is severe, you may need crutches until it goes away.
  • Ice your ankle – Ice will help reduce pain and swelling. Ice your ankle for 15-20 minutes every two to three hours for two days, or until the swelling is improved. After that, ice it once a day until you have no other symptoms.
  • Compress your ankle – Use an ACE bandage to keep down swelling. Start wrapping at your toes and work back towards your leg.
  • Elevate your ankle – Keep your ankle elevated when you are sitting or laying down.
  • Use braces or ankle stirrups – Braces will give your ankle support.
  • Take anti-inflammatory painkillers – Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), like Advil or Aleve will help with pain and swelling. However, these drugs have side effects, like stomach upset and an increased risk of ulcers. They are best taken with food, and they should be used only occasionally, unless your doctor specifically says otherwise.
  • Get to the St. Augustine Foot and Ankle as soon as possible!

How quickly your ankle sprain heals depends on how severe your injury is. Many people recover in four to six weeks. People heal at different rates. Your age and general health may affect the pace of your recovery.

With our experience at St. Augustine Foot and Ankle we will do everything we can to help you with your sprained ankle and get you back to your regular activity. If you suspect you have sprained your ankle or are feeling pain in your ankle of any kind please give us a call to set an appointment as soon as possible at (904) 824-0869 or feel free to email us at info@staugustinefoot.com