The importance of rebuilding and retraining feet to be strong and healthy post-surgery should never be overlooked. It is an integral part of getting you back doing the things you want to do. Whether your end goal is walking on the beach or running a marathon, the Podiatry team at Wollongong Foot and Ankle Centre use individualised, structured programming to help you work towards these goals.
Why is rehabilitation so important?
Pain, injury and surgery can lead to a decrease in foot and ankle strength and stability. Without appropriate rehabilitation, it is difficult to regain optimal foot and ankle function. Too often you may hear people talking about their ‘bad ankle’ or their ‘bad knee’ years after surgery, but it is possible for your feet and ankles to be in better shape after surgery than they have been in years. The human body is very adaptable, but it does take time and effort to get function back after feet and ankles have been deficient for some time.
The rehabilitation process at Wollongong Foot and Ankle Centre
Our rehabilitation program starts two weeks post-surgery. Even while you are immobilised in a walking boot, it is important to keep the ankle, knee and hip joints moving. Once you are ready to cease wearing the walking boot, the focus is largely on reteaching your feet and ankles to move and function with good coordination. As you progress, we direct rehabilitation toward addressing any strength deficits. We also assess how you are walking and work toward making it more efficient. Before you can run, you need to be able to walk (well). Getting back to running is a common goal, but the steps that need to be taken to get there are often overlooked.
What is a successful foot and ankle rehabilitation?
The result of successful foot and ankle rehabilitation will look different to everybody. That is why we place a high priority on goal setting at the Wollongong Foot and Ankle Centre. Overall, success to us is: strong healthy feet, working with the brain, to get you back doing the activities you want to do.
Your feet do thousands of steps on a quiet day. They are worth the investment!