Symptoms of calf strain are sudden pain at the back of the lower leg, difficulty standing on the toes, swelling and bruising into the calf itself, and pain when the Gastrocnemius (calf muscle) is contracted. Physiotherapy treatment involves pain management muscle healing support for the lower leg muscles via a heel raise. Once the pain is under control, a graduated programme of stretch and strengthening is required to get you back to full function.
Foot and leg conditions have one thing in common: the foot and the need for good foot biomechanics and support. Think of your foot like the foundations of your house. Before you start to put the walls and the roof on to it, the foundation must be rock solid.
Your feet are the foundation of your body. If your feet do not have good arch support, correct alignment, and adequate movement through the bones allowing the foot to move freely, many of the above conditions will result.
When involved in activities like running or even going up and down stairs, your foot pressure increases fourfold to equal your body weight. That’s a lot of weight to be borne by such small bones. Over your lifetime it has been estimated that we will walk on average about almost 20,000 kilometres, so it’s important to take care of your feet and knees.
Women have four times as many foot problems as men because of wearing high heels, which force the feet into a squashed up, unnatural position.
Posturepro Physiotherapy Adelaide’s specialised foot clinic uses state of the art ‘Gait Scan’ technology to analyse and record foot biomechanics in real time, giving an accurate and precise interpretation of your feet. This amazing technology is available at our Adelaide physio clinic now. The scan produced will interpret your walking pattern and make it possible to determine if custom orthotics are required as the solution to your foot and knee problems.