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Doctor insights on: Leg Strengthening Exercises For The Elderly

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What leg strengthening exercises are the best for knee strengthening?

What leg strengthening exercises are the best for knee strengthening?

Terminal extension: The last 30-40 degrees of extension strengthening are the safest on the knee.
Leg presses, squats, knee extension exercises that focus on the last 30-40 degrees of motion can create good strength and mass without stressing the knee cap or meniscus significantly. Lunges put high stresses on the knee. ...Read more

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Can I use my exercise bike everyday to treat my moderate knee osteoarthritis? What about daily leg strengthening exercises? How much is too much?

Can I use my exercise bike everyday to treat my moderate knee osteoarthritis? What about daily leg strengthening exercises? How much is too much?

Manage OA: Using an exercise bike is an excellent exercise if one suffers with osteoarthritis. Your knee will tell you if you've had enough. Progression of OA can be generally minimized by losing weight, performing light weight training and low impact cardiovascular exercise (elliptical, exercise bike, swimming). Glucosamine and chondroitin supplementation can help to rebuild lost cartilage as well. ...Read more

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What're some ankle strengthening exercises?

What're some ankle strengthening exercises?

Many: Hi:

there are many and most you already know such as belt pulls, ankle lifts, jump rope, balance boards and etc.

Best regards:


dr. Mark reed
placentia-linda foot & ankle group
drs. Mark and melanie reed
1275 rose drive, suite 136
placentia, ca 92870
fax: (714) 528-0739
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drmreed@footpain. Org. ...Read more

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What are some good ankle strengthening exercises?

About 6 weeks: 6 weeks is typical to heal a fracture in the foot well enough to return most to normal, everyday activities. You might need more bone depending on where and how extensive the fracture (s) are. Return to physical activities such as sports might need more time as well. Talk to a podiatrist or orthopedist for specific guidelines. ...Read more

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What knee strengthening exercises do you recommend besides machine ones?

What knee strengthening exercises do you recommend besides machine ones?

There are many: There are many others. Lunges, ankle weight quad strengthening, squats, cutting exercises for better side to side agility to mention a few. If you have a knee injury, talk with a doctor familiar with rehabilitation to determine what is safe for you. ...Read more

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What are some ankle strengthening exercises that can reduce chances of ankle sprains?

What are some ankle strengthening exercises that can reduce chances of ankle sprains?

See below: See a physical therapist or use the internet, it will have pictures to describe the exercises. ...Read more

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I've had patella maltracking in the past and have it again...Where can I find knee strengthening exercises specifically for this...Cant afford pt?

I've had patella maltracking in the past and have it again...Where can I find knee strengthening exercises specifically for this...Cant afford pt?

Patellofemoral exerc: This is a nice guide with pictures that I printed off for a friend in the past: http://www. Permanente. Net/homepage/kaiser/pdf/6946.Pdf. .... Patella maltracking causes patellofemoral syndrome, so exercises for patellofemoral syndrome would be helpful for patella maltracking (for your internet searching leisure). ...Read more

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How does the physiotherapist determine when I'm ready for stretching and strengthening exercises after my ankle sprain? When is the right time?

How does the physiotherapist determine when I'm ready for stretching and strengthening exercises after my ankle sprain? When is the right time?

Varies: Remember you are dealing with experts- physiotherapist require years of training before they receive their degrees. The transition from symptomatic treatment to more active stretching is typically based on decreased swelling and pain. As symptoms further improve strengthening exercises are added. If at any point progression is difficult a return visit to physician is warranted. ...Read more

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6th week after ankle sprain. Do foot n ankle stretching n strengthening exercises, but feel pain doing heel cord stretch n calf raise. What to do?

6th week after ankle sprain. Do foot n ankle stretching n strengthening exercises, but feel pain doing heel cord stretch n calf raise. What to do?

Ankle sprain: Check with orthopedic surgeon. May have talar dome injury, avulsion fracture, syndesmotic injury, or bone contusion. ...Read more

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How soon should rehab n strengthening exercises start after a 2nd grade ankle sprain? Should I wait till there's totally no more pain when walking?

How soon should rehab n strengthening exercises start after a 2nd grade ankle sprain? Should I wait till there's totally no more pain when walking?

3-4 weeks: Typically it takes 3-4 weeks for ligaments to heal. Starting physical therapy around that time may assist with balance, proprioceptiom, and strengthening. You'll still have residual swelling for a while so don't wait until there is no pain. However if pain continues to increase, you might need to get reevaluated for a possible pathologies (olt) that can happen with severe to moderate sprains. ...Read more

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Is it common for elderly people to have their leg swell after they got a slight knock?

Is it common for elderly people to have their leg swell after they got a slight knock?

Blood vessels: Any significant trauma to the veins or lymphatics after even a minor trauma can cause swelling in elderly oatients ...Read more

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How can I avoid bad legs wher I am elderly?

How can I avoid bad legs wher I am elderly?

Treat vein disease: Varicose veins and vein disease are easily treated at any age to prevent problems from worsening. Seek a phlebologist to help treat vein problems in the legs. ...Read more

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What is restless leg syndrome, and is it common in elderly?

A nerve disorder-yes: It is a very difficult to treat disorder which causes large muscle groups to twitch spontaneously. .. Usually the legs, usually at night. The difficulty is that the most effective medications are apt to cause tolerance to develop. .. They are very helpful at first, but eventually the twitching returns with a vengeance. It is more common with increasing age, but it can affect even young people. ...Read more

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What is the redness on the the lower part of my legs of some elderly folks?

What is the redness on the the lower part of my legs of some elderly folks?

Can be poor veins: A common change as people get older is for the blood vessels in the legs to get weaker and often damaged. Poor vein function (varicose veins, venous insufficiency) can cause swelling, and blood pooling. Gravity makes it worse. Sometimes vessels leak blood which can make the skin look red or brownish. Prevent weak veins by staying active, stretching the legs, and putting them up when sitting. ...Read more

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Do you have any suggestions for care of elderly person with swollen legs?

Do you have any suggestions for care of elderly person with swollen legs?

1st find cause: Before discussing treatment options, we always need to figure out cause of problem. Swollen legs could be due to blood clot, kidney failure, heart failure, liver failure or just venous insufficiency (vein failure). Each cause requires different approach. So it's best to take patient to see Family Doc (or Geriatrician if elderly) for complete evaluation then treatment as appropriate. ...Read more

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Help docs! I'm trying to find out what causes redness in legs of elderly person?

Help docs! I'm trying to find out what causes redness in legs of elderly person?

Stasis: Common cause may be stasis dermatitis brought on by weak veins in the legs. Fluid builds up in legs and cause inflammation and redness. This may respond to cortisone creams and compression hose. Other causes may include a skin infection (cellulitis)- best to be checked by your doctor. ...Read more

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How to clean desiten off the skin? My elderly client is having a sores in her between legs & I put desiten but its hard to remove it from the skin.

How to clean desiten off the skin? My elderly client is having a sores in her between legs & I put desiten but its hard to remove it from the skin.

Wash with water!: Desetin or zinc oxide is kind of sticky and is hard to remove, even though it is a good barrier cream. Washing with water and soap will get rid of it. I advise patients to choose petroleum jelly in its place. In your case, the sores between legs could be fungal infection, which may need medical attention. Please have the patient checked by the doctor as prescription medications may be needed. ...Read more

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Desk job kills me. Feel almost elderly at work (in 30s dealing w/ctd).Spine hurts, shooting leg pains. Get up atleast 1x/hr. Great when active. How 2 deal?

Keep moving: Two things to consider. First, consider further testing to ensure see if the back and leg pain you have may be more than just related to your connective tissue disease. For example, a disc herniation is a very treatable condition and could be diagnosed on an mri. Finally, although it is not simple, find a way to keep moving even while at work. Good luck! ...Read more

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Are the elderly with COPD & pulmonary hypertension & clot in the leg prone to cough? How can cough be avoided?

Are the elderly with COPD & pulmonary hypertension & clot in the leg prone to cough? How can cough be avoided?

Cough in copd: Patient's with COPD are prone to develop cough as the air ways are affected or from bronchitis. Trial of cough medications may help. Pulmonary hypertension is unlikely to cause cough. ...Read more

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Can an elderly with copd, pulmonary hypertension, blood clot in leg take cough syrup for her cough?

Can an elderly with copd, pulmonary hypertension, blood clot in leg take cough syrup for her cough?

Yes: Yes, if your doctor prescribed it for you. He/she already factored in all of your problems and medications you are currently on with any new medication recommended. ...Read more

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Elderly female with no feeling in legs, hands and feet, dizziness and shortness of breath, is there any diagnosis for this? Has had pain behind one ear, on going. Some swelling of the feet, better with elevation. Also has a cough that comes with blood and

Elderly female with no feeling in legs, hands and feet, dizziness and shortness of breath, is there any diagnosis for this? Has had pain behind one ear, on going. Some swelling of the feet, better with elevation. Also has a cough that comes with blood and

Your: Your constellation of symptoms are very concerning. You really need to see your physicain soon for a thorough evaluation and testing. Some of your symptoms are suggestive of heart failure. Please don't delay getting checked out, it could be dangerous. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What can be done for an elderly person with a dislocated kneecap?

Same as in non-elder: Take anyone w/dislocated kneecap to ER if just happened. Need imaging/xrays to make sure nothing else injured/dislocated/broken. After ER visit, see Family Doc or Sports Medicine specialist for ongoing care. Bracing & exercise aka physical therapy are key to rehabilitation. Check out http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/ency/patientinstructions/000585.htm for more info. ...Read more

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How bad can a broken ankle for an elderly man get?

How bad can a broken ankle for an elderly man get?

Depend: All depend upon the type of fx you are talking about. There is a great espectrum of fxs between a very bening non displaced fx and a fx dislocation of the ankle that carries a more guarded prognosis. ...Read more

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How long roughly is the typical recovery time for a broken ankle for an elderly person?

How long roughly is the typical recovery time for a broken ankle for an elderly person?

Bone quality matters: Most fractures heal in 6-8 weeks depending upon several important factors:
1. Status of surrpounding soft tissue
2. Quality of underlying fractured bone
3. Quality of reduction and stability of fixation (hardware if surgery performed). ...Read more

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What are common risks of knee replacement surgery in the elderly?

What are common risks of knee replacement surgery in the elderly?

DVT. Swelling: Depend upon which comorbidities are present at the time of the surgery:diabetis, obesity, chf, copd, varicocities etc. Most common ones aredvt (blod clot), swelling, stiffness, infection. Of course there are several possible complications however those are the most common ones. ...Read more

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For elderly man, what is usual Tx procedure for a broken knee cap and usual prognosis?

For elderly man, what is usual Tx procedure for a broken knee cap and usual prognosis?

Too many variables-: -to give a specific answer. Such as 2 pieces, transverse, comminuted & # of fragments, quality of bone, open or closed. High or low velocity injury. Also many co-morbidities add to poor healing: diabetes, thyroid R a couple. obesity also. Each presents one with the question how best to treat this, open, closed & cast, if open what 2 use, pins, wires, both, screws or all 3. each case is different. ...Read more

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For a broken patella, how long would an elderly patient be expected to be on pain killers? Patient has been on pain killers for a month now.

For a broken patella, how long would an elderly patient be expected to be on pain killers? Patient has been on pain killers for a month now.

Pain killers: This really depends on the healing - elderly folks take longer to heal - however the requirement for the medication should decrease as the healing proceeds, . ...Read more