Category Archive: Ankle

Nov
12

Ankle Sprains: Part 2 of 2

Photo 3. Single leg stance on stability disc with sports cord

Alexa Rzucidlo, SPT3 is a third year doctor of physical therapy student at Temple University (2019) and intern at Mackarey Physical Therapy. She grew up locally in Factoryville, PA. She graduated from Lackawanna Trail High School and Temple University for her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology. Alexa plans to continue her clinical experience at Grand Junction …

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Nov
07

Ankle Sprains: Part 1 of 2

Alexa Rzucidlo SPT3

Guest Coauthors: Alexa Rzucidlo, SPT3 and Zach Brandt Alexa Rzucidlo, SPT3 is a third year doctor of physical therapy student at Temple University (2019) and intern at Mackarey Physical Therapy. She grew up locally in Factoryville, PA. She graduated from Lackawanna Trail High School and Temple University for her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology. Alexa plans …

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Dec
04

Achilles Tendon Rupture – Part 2 of 2

Photo 3 - Agility Drills for Achilles

ACHILLIES TENDON RUPTURE: Part 2 of 2    (read Part 1 here) As the days continue to get shorter and temperatures begin a slow steady decline, athletes and exercise enthusiasts will work harder to warm-up and exercise during the winter months. A little caution and preparation are in order to avoid muscle/tendon strain, or worse yet, …

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Nov
27

Achilles Tendon Rupture – Part 1 of 2

As the days continue to get shorter and temperatures begin a slow steady decline, athletes and exercise enthusiasts will work harder to “fit in” a warm-up before running or other activities during the winter months. But, no matter how limited time is, skipping the warm-up is risky. This time of year, one can expect to …

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Feb
13

Ankle Arthritis: Joint Replacement (Part 2 of 2)

TOTAL ANKLE REPLACEMENT: 2nd in Series of 2 Columns on Ankle Pain (Read Part 1) NEED A TOTAL ANKLE REPLACEMENT? Total ankle replacement (TAR) is recommended for severe ankle pain which has not responded to conservative treatment: weight loss, activity modification, physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medication and cortisone injections. Severe ankle pain can result from the following: …

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Feb
06

Ankle Arthritis: Symptoms and Treatment (Part 1 of 2)

I have been advising my patients to exercise, keep active, and walk as long as they can in order to stay mobile and healthy. However, seniors often tell me activities that require prolonged walking is limited by ankle pain from arthritis. They often ask, “What is arthritis of the ankle?” How does it happen? What …

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Oct
03

The Ankle, Part 2 of 2: Exercises for Arthritis

Photo A - Seated Calf Raise

THE ANKLE: EXERCISES FOR ARTHRITIS OF ANKLE 2nd of 2 Columns I have been advising my patients to exercise, keep active, and walk as long as they can in order to stay mobile and healthy. However, seniors and others suffering from repeated trauma such as fractures and sprains, often tell me activities that require prolonged walking …

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Sep
26

The Ankle, Part 1 of 2: Arthritis of Ankle

ARTHRITIS OF ANKLE I have been advising my patients to exercise, keep active, and walk as long as they can in order to stay mobile and healthy. However, seniors and others suffering from repeated trauma such as fractures and sprains, often tell me activities that require prolonged walking is limited by ankle pain from arthritis. …

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Jun
25

Arthritis of Ankle and Total Ankle Replacement: Part 2 of 2

2nd in Series of 2 Columns on Ankle Pain Total ankle replacement (TAR) is recommended for severe ankle pain which has not responded to conservative treatment: weight loss, activity modification, physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medication and cortisone injections. Severe ankle pain can result from the following:   Osteoarthritis (Degenerative Joint Disease): cartilage wears out, bone rubs …

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Jun
18

Arthritis of Ankle: Part 1 of 2

1st of 2 Columns I have been advising my patients to exercise, keep active, and walk as long as they can in order to stay mobile and healthy. However, seniors often tell me activities that require prolonged walking is limited by ankle pain from arthritis. They often ask, “What is arthritis of the ankle?” How …

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Dec
19

Prevent Ankle Sprains

Part 2 of 2 Guest Columnist: Janet Caputo, PT, DPT, OCS Why do athletes sprain their ankles?  Ankle stability depends on two-way communication between the brain and the ankle joint including the associated muscles and ligaments. During competition, an athlete’s brain receives a great deal of information from the environment that it must process to make …

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Dec
12

Basketball Season is Ankle-Sprain Season: Part 1 of 2

Part 1 of 2 Guest Columnist: Janet Caputo, PT, DPT, OCS The Lynett Tournament is only a few weeks away and marks the official start of the basketball season in NEPA and that means ANKLE SPRAINS! Basketball is notorious for causing ankle sprains. According to the statistics, 40% of all high-school basketball injuries are ankle …

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Aug
03

Total Ankle Replacement: Part II of II on the Ankle

Total ankle replacement (TAR) is recommended for severe ankle pain which has not responded to conservative treatment: weight loss, activity modification, physical therapy, and anti-inflammatory medication and cortisone injections.