Anti-Gravity Treadmill for Foot & Ankle Injuries
Our Anti-Gravity Treadmill reduces the loading during walking, jogging and running, allowing our clients to move at a percentage of their own body weight. This minimises the pressure and stress through the joints and muscles during rehab, allowing someone with a current injury to continue training and recover faster while maintaining fitness along the way.
This technology is a game changer for the rehabilitation of lower limb injuries from the spine and hips to the knees, shins and ankles. It is positioned greatly for athletic rehabilitation of all levels due to its unique ability to reduce forces going through the lower body.
Foot & Ankle Injuries
There are many injuries which affect the foot and ankle. These can vary from ligaments injuries such as ankle sprains to muscle and tendon injuries such as heel pain and plantar fasciitis. No matter the concern however, pain in the foot and ankle makes it extremely difficult to run, move, play sport and exercise in general.
Usually these types of injuries result in a prolonged period off, waiting while the injury heals and only completing basic exercises. Our Anti-Gravity Treadmill allows the recovery and retraining to begin earlier however as we can begin walking, jogging and running again at modified loads, starting at just 20% body weight. This earlier return to exercise means an earlier return to full activity!
Stress fractures commonly occur in the foot or lower leg due to sudden increases in load or training volume (too much too quickly for the body to handle). At first what presents as muscle soreness and stiffness, can quickly progress to become pinpoint pain in a bone. These stress fractures will commonly occur either along the shin bone or within the foot itself (usually the 5th metatarsal bone located along the outside of the foot)
Stress fractures start out as a stress reaction. A stress reaction is an inflammation of the bone when the impact going through it is too much for the bone to handle. The longer a stress reaction is present for without modification of activity, the more likely it is to turn to a full stress fracture.
As the development of Stress Reactions and Stress Fractures are load related, the Anti-Gravity Treadmill is the perfect piece of technology to allow you to continue running and training during injury. We can set up an appropriate amount of weight/ load to be running at and slowly progress this back to full body weight running as the bone heals. Most would have to rest from running or stick to other forms of non weight bearing exercise, whereas with the anti-gravity treadmill you can simply adjust how much weight we put through the body to stay active during injury.
Shin splints is a common term given to pain and discomfort caused by overworked muscles of the lower leg. This can be due to the muscles at either the front or inside of the lower leg that start to pull on the shin bone. The most common cause is overuse or overtraining associated with a number of factors which are related to strength, movement patterns and training errors.
As symptoms progress, shin splints can go from an annoying niggle which seems to warm up and go away during exercise, to a sharp pain that prevents you from running and playing sport all together. The Anti-Gravity Treadmill can therefore be used to ensure a niggle doesn't develop into debilitating shin splints and if already at that point, can be used to run at lighter loads and help settle down the condition.