If you’re suffering from a recent anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury, you may not think about the role podiatry plays in your healing process since your ACL is a primary ligament in your knee. Yet, without the proper support and cooperation of your foot and ankle, your road to recovery would be nearly impossible.
At Arizona Foot and Ankle Medical Center in Laveen, Arizona, Dr. Kyle Durfey, Dr. Brian Hiapo, and our dedicated team work with your orthopedic surgeon to help support your knee and expedite the healing process. Some of the ways we help you get active again after an ACL injury are with:
We almost always prescribe custom orthotics to counteract excessive side-to-side movements of your foot while you’re healing. Those excessive movements aggravate ACL strain because it increases knee rotation. Our podiatrists ensure that you have a good foot posture to overcome your ACL injury so you can return to your best life.
After a period of rest and using crutches to get around, your ACL recovery includes a gradual return to weight bearing activities. When you get to this stage, our team evaluates how the injury affects your stance and the way you walk. This is called a gait analysis. To make sure your shoes aren’t slowing down your progress, one of our skilled podiatrists uses information from your evaluation to make recommendations about specific footwear. The right shoes are a crucial piece of your recovery because they:
With a footwear consultation at Arizona Foot and Ankle Medical Center, you can be sure you’re expediting your healing with proper footwear.
Our podiatrists help you use targeted exercises so that you can make precise muscle movements and resume your normal gait. These exercises serve many purposes, including:
Whether it’s your surgeon or podiatrist who makes the recommendation for a knee brace, the goal is the same: to support your knee as it heals. Because the injury can profoundly affect your gait and the mechanics of your foot and ankle movements, our team often encourages ACL patients to use them during rehabilitation.
If you’re recovering from an ACL injury and you’re eager to get back to exercising and playing sports again, come see us at Arizona Foot and Ankle Medical Center. We’re eager to help you get back on your feet again. Call now or book easily with the online booking feature.