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Fast-Acting Pain Relief, With Results That Last! 

We are the experts in gentle pain and injury solutions. Our progressive and affordable techniques are sure to produce the results that you desire with your pain relief. The patient will undergo a complete physical exam, one on one with a skilled therapist who will listen, understand, and be quick in determining their needs. Even if you have tried other treatments and therapies, there is a program that we can offer, is right for you, and is proven to be the MOST effective for people suffering from:

Shoulder Pain
Hand & Wrist Pain
Hip & Knee Pain
Jaw Pain
Ankle & Foot Pain
Elbow Pain
Head & Neck Pain
Back Pain


Benefits of Our Programs:

1. Reduced pain
2. Start seeing immediate results
3. Learn how to avoid future problems
4. Live life more enjoyably
5. Return to a more active lifestyle
6. Sleep better
7. Increased flexibility & movement
8. Improved core stability


 

Physical Therapy In West Covina, CA is Being Redefined!

Revolutionary pain relief treatments that work immediately are available only at Fit N Free Physical Therapy. You will love that it is gentle and very affordable, whether you have insurance or not.

Physical Therapy in West Covina, CA is not the same everywhere you go. The Fit N Free PT team is caring and compassionate yet we are the best at what we do. The programs being offered here by our licensed physical therapists range from pain relief to solutions for Neuropathy relief. You’ll find some of the best physical therapists West Covina has to offer, and you’ll find physical therapy services not being offered by other facilities. If you are looking for fast pain relief or to improve the quality of your life, we guarantee you will find the best physical therapists at our facility. Some of the reasons Fit N Free PT is unlike any other lies in our caring staff and revolutionary pain relief procedures. We truly are the experts in relieving pain and improving the quality of life for our patients. Call today and get a free screening to determine if we are the right place for you.

FOOT CARE for those with Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy

Because you have diabetes, your feet have fewer defenses against everyday wear and tear. Neuropathy may mean you cannot feel injuries. Reduced blood flow may prevent your injuries from healing properly. Small minor injuries may quickly progress to serious infections.

So, IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR FEET.

How can you prevent foot infections?

1. Examine your feet regularly – look for any blisters, corns, calluses, and other skin irritations

2. See a podiatrist regularly (once a month)

3. Wear proper foot wear – make sure to examine your feet each time you remove your shoes. Watch out for any signs of redness as this means there is too much pressure in an area of your foot. If you are having difficulty finding the right footwear, it is recommended you obtain customized special shoes or inserts made especially for you by an orthotist or podiatrist. Your physician can write you a referral.

 

DAILY FOOT INSPECTION

1. Color changes – redness with streaks is often a sign of infection. Darkened skin is a sign that tissue has died.

2. Swelling – symptoms include tenderness and increase in foot size

3. Temperature changes – Coldness in feet are a sign that your feet are not getting enough blood. Excessive warmth may mean infection.

4. Sensation changes – Pins and needles, numbness, tingling, burning, or lack of feeling may mean nerves are damaged.

5. Hot spots – red spots are caused by friction or pressure. These may turn into blisters, corns, or calluses

6. Cracks, sores and ulcers – caused by dry, irritated skin. These are signs that skin is breaking down, which could lead to ulcers.

7. Ingrown toenails – often caused by tight-fitting shoes or incorrect nail trimming. You may feel swelling, redness or pain in the area.

8. Drainage and odor – White or yellow moisture, bleeding, and odor are often signs of infected or dead tissues

***EXERCISE YOUR FEET to help the blood flow into and out of your feet.

 

Are you suffering from severe foot pain?

Are you or your loved ones suffering from severe foot pain?

                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Are you suffering from severe foot pain, numbness, burning, tingling, tightness or cramping in your legs? When every step hurts, living life becomes such a difficult ordeal.

 

The latest research reveals that over 20 million Americans suffer from neuropathy. There are many types and causes of peripheral neuropathy but one of the most common is called diabetic peripheral neuropathy. 60-70% of diabetics have some form of peripheral neuropathy.

 

 

What is this condition? Well, it’s simple. Our bodies are composed of enormous communication systems that relay information from the brain and spinal cord to all parts of the body by a wiring system called nerves. These nerves send messages back and forth to allow us to have normal function in the way we move and feel or sense things around us. Unfortunately, when damage occurs to this system (called the peripheral nervous system), communication between the brain and the various parts of our body is interrupted or disrupted. This is what happens with peripheral neuropathy. In a way, this is very similar to a poor signal when using our cell phones. Without a good signal, our conversations are unclear or the phone call is actually dropped and we lose communication with the person we are talking to.

With peripheral neuropathy, your nerves are not able to clearly communicate what is going on in your legs to your brain and spinal cord. Hence, you may feel one of the following symptoms: tingling, numbness, loss of sensation in feet and legs, pain, cramps, burning or prickling sensation, loss of balance and coordination. People with this condition may find it hard to walk, sleep, drive, stand, and perform activities they normally enjoy. 

People with diabetes can develop this condition at any time. But the risk does rise with age and how long you have had diabetes. It appears to be more common in people who have problems controlling their blood sugar levels, as well as those who have high levels of blood fat, high blood pressure, and those who are overweight. 

What causes diabetic peripheral neuropathy?  There is no one answer to this but is usually due to a combination of factors. Here are some likely causes:

1. Metabolic factors – Uncontrolled blood glucose, abnormal blood fat levels, low insulin. (watch out for: too much candy, desserts, burgers and fries, chips etc in your diet…)

2. Neurovascular factors – damage to blood vessels lead to lack of oxygen and nutrients carried to the nerves (i.e. your nerves aren’t healthy because they are not getting good “food”)

3. Autoimmune factors – These might cause inflammation in your nerves

4. Mechanical injuries – might lead to damaged nerves from trauma. Be careful as people with diabetes heal slowly and tend to have complications

5. Inherited traits – Sometimes, our genes increase our susceptibility to nerve disease (So, did grandpa or mom have neuropathy? If so, take steps to take care of your nerve health).

6. Lifestyle factors – Smoking or alcohol abuse may lead to poor circulation and poor nerve health.

So how can you prevent diabetic peripheral neuropathy or at least prevent the worsening of your symptoms?

Keep your blood glucose levels as close to normal range as possible. Maintaining safe blood glucose levels protects nerves throughout your body. Maintain a healthy weight and try to follow a good diet prescribed by your physician or nutritionist. Get in shape by exercising regularly. Consult with a physical therapist who can design a customized exercise program for your fitness level. 

If pain in your feet and legs are preventing you from living and doing the things you enjoy, then it is time to talk to your physician and get some treatment. They might refer you to a podiatrist or neurologist for special tests.The doctor might prescribe medications that might help with the pain. These medications are usually anti- depressants, anti siezure or or anti convulsant drugs. However, there is some good news. There are ways to help manage the symptoms of diabetic peripheral neuropathy that are non-invasive, drug free, and has no side effects. Anodyne Therapy uses light energy emitted through pads applied on your skin. They are FDA approved and have been proven to increase circulation and sensation and to decrease associated leg pain.  

Don’t wait till your symptoms are intolerable. Delaying treatment may mean continued worsening of the health of your nerves and may lead to irreversible damage. There is help out there…just take action now before it’s too late.

If you are ready to take control of your neuropathy pain so you can get back to living your life, feel free to contact ptrheea@gmail.com or call (888)763-4963 for an appointment. Visit us on the web at www.fitnfreept.com.  

 

Rheea Rubio, DPT is a Physical Therapist at Fit N Free PT in West Covina California. She is a certified anodyne therapy provider and 830 laser provider. She has worked extensively with patients who have had neuropathy and has designed and implemented successful treatment programs for neuropathic pain relief.  

 

 

 

 



“I used to feel like I was stepping on cactus due to my diabetic neuropath... but now, I am able to walk with less pain in each step. I can now bravely pursue a trip with my wife I’ve been putting off. Thank you, Fit n Free.” - F. Citro, West Covina

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