Re: Leading with the good leg

The PTA is right...lead with the affected side first so you can load your arms and take 80% of the force off the foot when stepping with the good side. The swelling is because, one, she wore a cast, and 2 she was unable to put more that 10% of her body weight on her foot. The calf acts as a muscle pump that pumps fluids out of the leg up to the heart. This pump was not working properly for your mom because she was not able to walk normally. If the swelling persists she may need to see a lymphedema certified therapist. They can help manually move the fluids and maybe even apply some very light compression that will also help move the fluids out of her leg. BUT, this must be done by someone that is certified. Good luck.

Posted By m Scott PT on December 28, 2008 at 23:12:49:

In Reply to: Leading with the good leg posted by Anita Senkowski on October 25, 2008 at 08:40:49:

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Knitted ankle support incorporating an anatomically contoured silicone insert lying posterior to the medial and lateral malleolus and over the front of the foot. Used to reduce swelling and soreness.

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