If you have diabetes or neuropathy, or you’re trying to recover your full strength after an injury or surgery, building and maintaining strong supporting muscles in your feet and legs is absolutely critical if you want to restore your mobility and reduce your risk of future problems.
However, there may be a significant problem. While strength training is hugely important, it isn’t always particularly safe, depending on your circumstances.
Building muscle strength, under normal circumstances, requires high-load resistance training. If your foot and leg muscles have been sufficiently weakened due to chronic illnesses or significant injuries, they simply may not be able to handle the intensity of the force loads that would be required for effective strength training or rehab.
This unfortunately can lead to a vicious cycle in which your muscles continue to weaken, putting you at increasing risk of further problems.
Fortunately, there is a solution that may work for you, and we offer it here at Capital Podiatry Associates: Blood Flow Restriction (BFR) Training.
BFR at Capital Podiatry Associates
BFR is not a “do it yourself” therapy option. It should always be conducted under the direct supervision of an expert. While BFR can be a major benefit to your health when performed correctly, it can still be dangerous when done improperly—especially for those with circulatory issues (including severe high blood pressure and those at increased risk of developing blood clots).
Our experts can help determine whether BFR is an appropriate physical therapy approach for your situation, and make sure it is performed in a way that maximizes benefits to your feet and legs while minimizing the risks.