Ankle Arthritis


Improving the condition of an arthritic ankle


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.

  •  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

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.

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Optispine uses the latest and most advanced physiotherapy techniques and equipment, specifically designed to help people with back and joint problems.

Treatment starts with accurate diagnosis of the problem, followed by effective hands-on therapy to reduce pain and restore function as quickly as possible.

Alongside this, we are able to offer rehabilitation plans for a more long-term solution, including advanced hydrotherapy using underwater treadmills and a specialist 7-step programme.

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Heath Mill Road

t. 01902 898256

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