In 2010, the Indiana Orthopaedic Hospital (IOH) purchased the Alter-G® Anti-Gravity Treadmill®, designedto provide patients the opportunity to experience rehab or training without pain, even while the patient is still recovering from surgery or an injury. Jackie Dikos is no exception.
Jackie is a registered dietitian who specializes in sports nutrition, a certified specialist in sports dietetics and owns a nutrition consulting business in Indianapolis.
Being active is second nature to Jackie, so it’s no surprise that she makes endurance running part of her everyday regimen. She started training for the 2012 Olympic Trials Marathon months before it began. Jackie thought she was unstoppable, but pain in her left foot would slow her down for the first time in her life.
“I suffered from significant plantar fasciitis, heel bursitis and tendinitis in my left foot about three months before participating in the Olympic Trials Marathon,” said Jackie.
All of the swelling and pain in her left foot significantly limited her ability to train for the upcoming Olympics. Luckily, she knew where to go. Jackie is married to Dr. Gregory Dikos, an orthopaedic trauma surgeon at OrthoIndy.
Jackie went to IOH for an MRI. After the diagnosis, she primarily focused on the physical therapy provided by senior physical therapist, James Gruesser. He suggested Jackie use the Alter-G so she could still train without all of the pain.
“In many cases the Alter-G will allow athletes with lower extremity injuries to maintain their elite fitness level without the negative effects and pounding from regular running,” said James. “Jackie only had a short time in physical therapy before the Olympic trials, but she was always training on the Alter-G to keep her endurance level up.”
“Before I went to OrthoIndy, I could not run at all because my pain level was too high,” said Jackie. “Any running I attempted seemed to increase inflammation and cause more damage.”
Fortunately, running on the Alter-G treadmill allowed Jackie to run pain free and maintain her fitness.
“I was very excited to have the opportunity to train with the Alter-G,” said Jackie. “It allowed me to heal while maintaining cardiovascular fitness throughout the recovery process. It supported a quick return to high-level training and I would recommend this treadmill to any of my fitness friends with injuries.”
Since training on the Alter-G, Jackie earned qualification for the 2012 Olympic Trials, has two children and continues to maintain a high mileage and intense training regimen.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Dikos call 317-917-4370 or visit OrthoIndy.com/request.