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Can weak calves and glutes contribute to foot and ankle pain?

YES! 
For women with pain caused by posterior tibial tendon dysfunction, there does appear to be a link.   A study in the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy in September 2011 found that middle-aged women with mild posterior tibial tendon dysfunction have weakness in the hip extensors, hip abductors and calf  muscles which may cause foot and ankle pain on both the injured and non-injured side.  The study involved a control group of women without orthopedic conditions and of comparable ages. 
Physical therapists at Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation are trained and highly experienced in assessing patients for just such conditions.  We determine the contributions of injuries and other conditions toward muscle imbalances above and below the injury site before discussing  customized remedial options with the patient.
For athletes, a specific assessment called a Functional Movement Screen is performed.  Thisassessment,designed by Gray Cook, canidentify imbalances by taking a patient through a series of movement patterns.   These movements may include lunges, squats, push-ups and step ups, all of which enable a relatively quick evaluation and functional assessment.
Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation in Paramus, NJ provides orthopedic and sports physical therapy services for the greater Ridgewood, Paramus, and Bergen County region.  This blog is intended for informational purposes only and should not be used for diagnostic or prescriptive purposes. The views expressed here are the author’s views and should be taken as suggestions. Always consult your doctor or healthcare practitioner before engaging in a physical therapy or rehabilitative program.
 
 

Tom Willemann

Tom Willemann

Tom Willemann is a premier physical therapist based out of Bergen County, New Jersey. He holds an MS in physical therapy from the University of Miami, is credentialed in the world-renowned McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT), and holds an OCS (Orthopedic Clinical Specialist) certification. As of 2018, there are approximately 14,000 ABPTS certified specialists in the nation and less than 400 of them are located in the state of New Jersey. Tom is the owner and director of Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation in Paramus. He opened the clinic, which specializes in spine and sports injury prevention, in 2004 after many years of experience in the field. Tom’s caring interest in others and his strong belief in continuity of care, combined with his clinic’s ability to find solutions for the most difficult orthopedic problems, have earned Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation its excellent reputation with patients and medical professionals in northeastern New Jersey and beyond. A true “family man,” Tom takes pride in his clinic’s warm and welcoming environment.
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