Category Archives: lower extremity injury

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, limb injury, and Vitamin C: What’s the connection?

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic, difficult to treat, painful condition usually affecting either an arm or leg after an injury or trauma to that limb.  CRPS is thought to be an exaggerated response by the nervous system to the injury. Who can get it? Anyone can be affected by CRPS, but it […]

4 Exercises to help with achilles tendon pain

Achilles tendon injuries are a very common sports injury. Check out the video below to learn 4 exercises you should add to your rehab program if you are suffering from achilles pain. They include stretching of the gastroc and soleus, eccentric exercises, and  nerve flossing or nerve mobilizations. Let me know if you have any […]

Video: Having Knee pain? Check your hip and ankle mobility first

The knee is very dependent upon proper strength and flexibility of the hip and ankle.  If you are having knee pain that isn’t resolving, you may want to check your hip and ankle flexibility.  Check out the video below,  let me know if you have any questions, Thanks, Ed Deboo, PT Physical Therapy, Bellingham, WA […]

How to prevent blisters?

          Many of my patients are marathon runners and most of them have their fair share of injuries: plantar fasciitis, knee pain, hip pain, but the most common complaint is blisters. You can put away the expensive socks and special lubricants because a recent study on Ultra-Marathoners found that cheap, paper […]

A quick tip to help with Achilles Tendinitis: use a heel lift

  Having pain in your Achilles tendon can be debilitating and very limiting.  I strongly advise you to see your PT for a full bio-mechanical assessment and treatment.  But what can you do now to help?  Just saw a patient with a really sore Achilles’ tendon but she loves to hike and wanted to keep […]

“I have knee arthritis, should I use a brace or will it weaken my quads?”

  Knee brace for Osteoarthritis: will it weaken my quads? I get that question often, patients who are concerned that if they wear a brace they will somehow “weaken” their quadriceps. Well, as recent studies show, rest assured that you CAN wear the brace without any significant change in your muscle strength. Think of it […]

Avoid falls and slips: How to walk on the ice

Hey everyone, Walking on the ice can be very challenging and the unfortunate fall could result in hip, hand, or back injury.  Just saw my second patient who hurt themselves when they slipped on the ice! Besides the obvious footwear, what can we do? Channel your inner Penguin… How to walk on ice: 1. take […]

Hot/cold contrast bath to help reduce ankle and hand swelling

How to do a Hot/Cold Contrast bath to help reduce swelling: Use only ice for the first 48 hours, then you can use the hot/cold combo. Basketball season means the potential for sports injuries and especially sprained ankles! Saw a young high school basketball player today in the clinic with a pretty swollen ankle. X-ray […]

Just sprained my ankle: should I get it an X-ray or not?

Basketball season is upon us and one of the most common injuries suffered during games and practice is the ankle sprain.  Most sprains are inversion sprains due to the bony structure of the ankle having more protection on the lateral part of the ankle.  As a Physical Therapist,  the question I get asked the most […]

How to treat leg and deep hip pain: Piriformis Syndrome

We have all heard of the infamous Sciatic nerve but how does it effect our leg pain and what is Piriformis Syndrome? Find out how to treat gluteal or butt pain with trigger point work, nerve glides, and stretching. Check out the video below ~ Ed Deboo, Physical Therapist, Bellingham, WA