Arthritic Ankle - Andrew

Objective

Improving the condition of an arthritic ankle

Background

With the need for a new ankle joint and the 12 month recovery period that follows, Andrew hopes to delay surgery by following an H2O Physio programme.

Programme

  • Duration: 20 minutes
  • Water Temperature: 31˚C
  • Speed: 2.0 to 4.5kph
  • Depth: 1200mm
  • Resistance Jets: Not activated
  • Direction: Forwards, backwards and sideways
  • Number of Sessions: 20

Outcomes

Andrew, now in his 60s, enjoyed a lot of sport when he was younger, particularly rugby and squash. Although these sports are known to be quite hard on joints, Andrew's arthritis is more likely to be hereditary as his father and now both his children suffer with arthritis.

Already having had a shoulder joint replacement, he now struggles with severe arthritis in his ankle. Keen to avoid ankle surgery and the 12 month recovery time, Andrew's aim was to improve the condition of his ankle and then maintain the situation.

His H2O Physio programme consisted of sessions on the underwater treadmill to build strength and increase range of movement, together with cryotherapy to reduce inflammation.

Initially, Andrew had poor mobility and could only walk for a few minutes before stopping. Now, he has much better mobility and is able to look after his large garden again.