Research shows that those patients who undertake pre-habilitation (‘Pre-hab) and/or rehabilitation (‘Rehab’) frequently have improved surgical outcomes and shorter recovery times than those patients who do not undertake any form of rehabilitation.
Our Podiatrists are highly trained in the anatomy and biomechanics of the foot, ankle & lower extremity. Their extensive knowledge in these areas allows our Podiatrists to expertly devise rehabilitation plans specific to your individual biomechanics, the surgical procedure you will have and the impact this procedure will have on your future biomechanics.
Prior to commencing your rehabilitation our Podiatrists will perform a thorough assessment during your Surgical Strategy Session.
Surgical Strategy Session
Either prior to undertaking surgery or in the few weeks after surgery our Podiatrists will perform the following;
- Biomechanical & Musculoskeletal Assessment.
- Footwear Assessment.
- Orthotic Assessment.
- Consult with your specialist regarding the procedure.
In some instances the surgical procedure will result in large structural & functional changes (eg: ankle fusion or bunionectomy). These procedures can often lead to pain and/or dysfunction occurring in other areas due to the increased load on these structures. There are a number of ways in which we are able to limit the biomechanical impact these procedures have on the musculoskeletal system (eg: footwear and/or custom foot orthoses).
There is always a decline in strength & function post-surgery. The better we can improve the strength and mobility of an area prior to undergoing surgery the quicker we are able to restore full function post-operatively.
In some instances a patient’s pain and function may improve whilst undergoing ‘Pre-hab’, this may lead to delaying or removing the need for surgical intervention.
Our Podiatrists will expertly guide you through the 4 stages of rehabilitation.
Stage 1: Restriction phase
- Protect injured tissue by limiting load to injured area (eg: braces, orthoses, footwear etc.)
- Reduce swelling and pain.
- Compression, elevation, manual & electrotherapies.
- Commence gentle range of motion exercises within pain limitations.
- Avoid pain & restore pain-free range of motion.
Stage 2: Restoration phase
- Restore flexibility, strength & correct movement patterns.
- Manual & electrotherapies (if required)
- Commence functional rehabilitation.
Stage 3: Reacquisition phase
- Restore muscle function and prepare for returning to activity/sport.
- Commence activity-specific exercises that will strengthen the foot & ankle depending on the functional requirements of your activity.
- Large focus on motor control, stability and balance exercise.
- Build confidence in movement patterns and motor function.
Stage 4: Return to full function
- Ensure all biomechanical issues are addressed.
- Ensure orthoses and/or footwear are suitable for return to activity/sport.
- Pain-free full range of movement.
- Tissue has completed healing process.
- Nil swelling or pain with current activity level.
- Balance, strength, stability and endurance is regained with functional activities.
Throughout all phases of your rehabilitation our Podiatrists will assess your biomechanics & ensure that your rehabilitation is progressing adequately and that all your biomechanical needs are being met.
During the later phases of your rehabilitation program we also work with Exercise Physiologists or Physiotherapists depending on your treatment plan and rehabilitation requirements.
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Talysha Reeve has undertaken Post Graduate studies in the field of clinical rehabilitation gaining advanced knowledge & understanding of rehabilitation of acute & chronic injuries.
Talysha has extensive experience working in hospital rehabilitation settings as part of Allied Health rehabilitation teams. This work involved working with Exercise Physiologists & Physiotherapists devising individualised rehabilitation programs for those patients with complex biomechanical needs.