Bev's Successful recovery from Plantar Fasciitis, ankle and lower back pain
Bev came to see me with Plantar Fasciitis in her right foot which she had also had extensive ankle surgery on which was limiting her movement. In addition to this Bev’s mobility was further reduced by a lower back issue due to compensating for the pain and lack of mobility in her foot and ankle. To add a bit more into the mix Bev is also diabetic and some potential issues with diabetic neuropathy.
Bev is a very outgoing person with a infectious personality which she definitely needs as she child minds up to 6 under 3s on any one day. The pain and lack of mobility Bev could not walk upstairs was becoming problematic when looking after the children.
Bev restructured her commitments so had a day off a week to deal with her foot, ankle and back pain and committed to an intense treatment programme. Bev is like a force of nature and even though she had the pain and mobility issues outlined, walked into the clinic like a rocket with massive fast strides. Bev was a expert on all sorts of footwear and orthotics I think she had genuinely tried everything.
The consultation was interesting as the way Bev coped was astonishing so starting from the basics slowed everything down to isolate specific pain and mobility issues which were extensive along with balance. Initial treatment focus is always Pain Relief to start calming the area down. Standing and walking slowly were the initial start for Bev with some changes she had to be in bare feet in the house. I though Bev might struggle with her busy work and home life but she made a game of what she was doing with the children so they were all copying her and telling her off if she did something incorrectly and children tell it how it is.
As pain reduced in Bev’s foot less compensation was needed so the back pain subsided as less aggravation. I normally get people to walk for 6 minutes and look to increase stride and distance I did the opposite with Bev short steps with a focus on heal strike and then progressing to short steps and drive phase pushing off toes. This worked wonders on the small muscles of the feet and started strengthening them up while helping balance and muscle coordination. Next challenge was stairs I got Bev to practice initially on the bottom stair then progressing again upwards and down little and often rather than lots in one go. Bending and squatting were next which with some additional movements for back again the children helped with encouragement and laughter.
Bev has made an outstanding recovery as her feet strengthened up, ankle support and mobility improved which then helped with extending her walking gait and allowing her to walk quickly again. Bev now does her job of childminding with ease now and is doing extended country walks at the weekend which she had attempted since the first lockdown. Bev worked hard on her recovery and I had to limit her so as not to do too much.
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