Alpine Physical Therapy continued it’s free monthly classes on Wednesday May 14th with a discussion led by Leah Versteegen, PT, on common foot and ankle injuries. To begin, participants were led in a foot flexibility and relaxation sequence, each of which helps prevent ankle injuries while also promoting improved balance. The class progressed to include the anatomy of the foot and ankle, followed by signs, symptoms, and treatment for the common ankle sprain and plantar fasciitis.
Each participant at the noon and 6 pm classes was also given the opportunity to discuss injuries or symptoms they have been experiencing. Within this forum, we were able to cover how foot supination and pronation can affect lower limb mechanics and lead to injury, as well as how simple changes in footwear or use of shoe inserts can help with overall alignment. To conclude, everyone took part in an exercise and balance training session including simple activities to do at home to promote foot and ankle stability.