Physical Therapy for Ankle and Foot Pain in Denver, CO
The foot and ankle are by far the most complicated parts of the body understand mechanically. How the bones move in an open chain (without weightbearing) is different that how they move upon each other when the foot hits the ground. The SymFit® Healthy Foot and Ankle program addresses foot and ankle conditioning from a simple premise; ensure that that the hip and ankle are aligned during functional activities to ensure symmetrical loading. The program combines manual therapy around a functional conditioning program to break faulty loading patterns. Load tolerance based milestones are built into the program to ensure safe progression.
The key to healthy foot loading is mobility. The forefoot must be able to allow the big to stay in contact with the ground which requires the calcaneous to be able to abduct (move outward). For this reason a self-mobilization technique to maintain healthy mobility in the foot and ankle is build into the SymFit Healthy Foot and Ankle program. It is advised to be performed throughout the day as well as before any workout, sport or recreational activity to ensure unobstructed access to neutral foot and ankle positioning.
It takes about 2 weeks to restore access to neutral spine, foot and ankle alignment; another 2 weeks to condition you to perform you daily activities without faulty loading through the neck and low back. An additional month of group fitness classes is needed to condition you to perform your sport and recreational activities from neutral spine alignment.
The SymFit® Healthy Foot and Ankle program will be modified for those that have had surgery consistent with your physicians orders. The SymFit® Healthy Fitness System is an ideal post-surgical rehabilitation program as it takes maximum advantage of the healing time by neurologically conditioning you to move from neutral spine ensuring a safe strengthening phase when appropriate.
A Closer Look at the Ankle and Foot (a 360 degree view)