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10 May 2013; Dublin hurler Simon Lambert poses for a portrait during the Dublin GAA open night. Dublin GAA Portrait Session, Ballyboden St Endas GAA Club, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILESimon Lambert, a player on Dublin’s hurling team, was going after a ball during a challenge when he was suddenly sidelined with a painful injury to his lower-extremities. It turns out that he had ruptured ligaments in both legs, including a cruciate ligament, and would need surgery in order to fully recover.

Lambert underwent his procedure last August, and since then he’s been going through postoperative therapy get himself ready for the 2014 season this summer. “It was hard, nearly getting involved in stuff on the sideline when you want to be on the pitch playing,” Lambert stated.

Participating in physical therapy after dealing with a foot or ankle injury can be critical to making a full recovery. If you need help with the therapy process, speak to podiatrist Dr. Alan J. Discont of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC. Dr. Discont will assess the progress you’ve made so far and recommend a plan to help you recover from your injury.  

Most common injuries

People who are constantly on their feet are prone to a variety of injuries. Therefore, it is important to take part in physical therapy in order to get back on the right track quickly.

What to do when injured

Physical Therapy – This specialized treatment will focus on the affected area, speeding up recovery and the overall healing process. This is important for those wanting to get back into the game quickly. It is a proven method that has helped millions of people return from any injury.

During physical therapy you will undergo regimented training to get back into full form. Training is often very difficult, especially at first when the foot feels weak. These are some steps physical therapy often involves:

  1. Basic stretching & twisting exercises – getting the feet’s mobility and flexibility up.
  2. Massaging – the therapist will massage the injured area in order to activate the muscles and relax them.
  3. Strengthening Exercises – this allows the muscles in the affected area to regain their full strength, a vital step towards full recovery.

With the advancements in technology and greater knowledge of how muscles and joints work, physical therapists can turn things around dramatically.    

If you have any questions, feel free to contact our office in Chandler, AZ. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technologies to meet your needs.

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