Anatomy of the ankle and the foot
While they are two distinct anatomical entities, for the sake of simplicity we’ll discuss the foot together with the ankle: to limit pain and swelling in this region of the body, the same cPad is applicable. The treatments however are specific per indication – as is the case for all the other body parts.
The ankle joint connects the foot with the lower leg and makes – together with the muscles, tendons, ligaments and joint capsules – move the foot in all directions and provides this region of the indispensable firmness.
cTreatment for the ankle and foot injuries
Both operative recovery and recovery through training of the foot and ankle are paired with pain and swelling. This not only results in decreased mobility but also decreases the amount of weight the joint can comfortably carry.
Correctly cooling the region of the injury ensures that the pain and swelling are limited as much as possible. It also ensures that the patient can start sooner with physiotherapy sessions.
The cooling itself must be very precise in order to avoid tissue damage and cold burns, as well as limit the pain and swelling. This accurate cooling can only ensue when different factors are taken into account: The length of cooling, correct temperature fluctuations, the thickness of the subcutaneous fat layer or the volume of the joint and the specific requirements of the phase of recovery are just a few of those factors we have to take into account when we want to combat pain and swelling successfully.
The ankle and foot cTreatments Waegener developed for the different recovery phases ensure that the cooling is performed in a correct and safe manner. The specific protocols together with the accuracy of the cServer provide an optimal outcome. Basic cooling systems without computerized protocols provide few or no results; in many cases they even have a negative influence on the recovery.
The inflammation reaction after surgery or caused by a trauma lasts in most cases about three weeks. By using cTreatment during the entire recovery period the pain and swelling are limited as well as possible, resulting in a faster recovery and a more comfortable patient.