Rehabilitation following fractured foot - Maurice

Objective

Rehabilitation following crush injury to right foot

Background

Maurice sustained a complex fracture and dislocation of his right foot, following an accident at work in which he was hit by a forklift truck. Over the course of several months, he underwent a series of reconstructive operations and was left with poor mobility and constant pain.

Programme

  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Water Temperature: 34°C
  • Speed: 1.0 to 2.8kph
  • Depth: 1200mm
  • Resistance Jets: Not acitvated
  • Direction: Forwards and sideways
  • Number of Sessions: 40 (2 per week for 36 sessions)

Outcomes

Maurice came to H2O Physio with poor mobility, reliant on one crutch and only able to walk for 100 yards before stopping to rest. He also needed to wear a moon boot during the day, for protection and support.

Exercising in the underwater treadmill, with reduced pressure on his foot, allowed him to mobilise more comfortably. This helped to strengthen the supporting muscles, which in turn encouraged greater weight bearing. Being able to put weight on the foot creates osteoblasts that knit the bones together and promote faster healing.

The programme also included time in the wellness pool, where Maurice was able to perform more, dynamic exercises without pain and then cryotherapy to take away any swelling and inflammation.