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More hope - first time to PT

Posted by SandyS on 10/27/00 at 12:47 (031467)

I feel like I may have wasted my time, first with my family doctor who just gave me vioxx then with a podiatrist who just gave me 3 shots of cortizone in 6 weeks. Since I still have pain the podiatrist referred me to physical therapy. I went for the first time yesterday. First he watched me walk barefoot (I hadn't walked barefoot in so long that it felt very strange). He almost immediately noticed that on the left foot (my PF foot) when I plant the foot my ankle gives in. The podiatrist had sent me with a prescription for ultrasound therapy 3 times a week for a month. The PT thought that was a little aggressive. They really showed me the proper way to stretch. They are going to work on my calf and foot with some sort of massage therapy where they use these spatula-like tools and I could feel the roughness while he was running these tools up my calf. (I don't remember what it was called....I was just excited to feel like someone was actually doing something.) They massaged my arch. Then they massaged my heel with ice until it was numb and set me up with 2 appointments for next week. I am so hopeful that this will work - they expect that I will be fixed in about 8 visits with 2 per week. The PT even checked out my Birks and showed me some tests to give shoes before buying them. He really liked my Birks and even showed some of the other people working there how good they are. He started off talking about custom orthodics but ended up saying my Birks were good. (thank goodness since I have so much money in Birks) How does this therapy sound to those of you who have been doing physical therapy for awhile? Any suggestions for my next session?

Re: More hope - first time to PT

Barbara TX on 10/27/00 at 13:47 (031470)

Sandy - Sounds like you are on the road to getting this figured out with PT. My ankle was 'strange' also - but a chiropractor found it, not a DPM. My chiropractor said that a really good DPM will always check your ankle to see if its moving properly. A chiropractor who is good at extremities (you can ask for an extremities specialist) can adjust your ankle joint to make sure that all of the bones are sliding well around one another and that your range of motion is normal. Some injuries, even subtle sprains, can lock your ankle joint and limit your range of motion - stressing out other parts of your foot, like your plantar fascia. Good luck ! B.

Re: More hope - first time to PT

SandyS on 10/29/00 at 12:00 (031572)

Barbara- Thanks for the info. I learn more and more everyday.

Re: Nightsplint?

gunter pfaff on 10/31/00 at 16:24 (031713)

Where on the net can you buy a night splint?

Re: Nightsplint?

Julie F on 11/01/00 at 02:37 (031741)

Gunter, have a look at the home page on this site, where products are listed. the N'ice Stretch looks like a comfortable night splint, and you can buy it on line.

Julie

Re: More hope - first time to PT

Barbara TX on 10/27/00 at 13:47 (031470)

Sandy - Sounds like you are on the road to getting this figured out with PT. My ankle was 'strange' also - but a chiropractor found it, not a DPM. My chiropractor said that a really good DPM will always check your ankle to see if its moving properly. A chiropractor who is good at extremities (you can ask for an extremities specialist) can adjust your ankle joint to make sure that all of the bones are sliding well around one another and that your range of motion is normal. Some injuries, even subtle sprains, can lock your ankle joint and limit your range of motion - stressing out other parts of your foot, like your plantar fascia. Good luck ! B.

Re: More hope - first time to PT

SandyS on 10/29/00 at 12:00 (031572)

Barbara- Thanks for the info. I learn more and more everyday.

Re: Nightsplint?

gunter pfaff on 10/31/00 at 16:24 (031713)

Where on the net can you buy a night splint?

Re: Nightsplint?

Julie F on 11/01/00 at 02:37 (031741)

Gunter, have a look at the home page on this site, where products are listed. the N'ice Stretch looks like a comfortable night splint, and you can buy it on line.

Julie