Podiatrists identify structural or functional contributions to pain and injury affecting the leg, foot and ankle as well as the spine and pelvis.
Our Podiatrist specialises in treating conditions affecting both the foot and the ankle joint. However, problems in these areas can also affect the rest of the lower body, leading to knee, hip or even back pain. If you suffer from lower body pain, seeing a podiatrist can lead to a correct diagnosis and the right treatment plan for your specific condition.
The biomechanics of the feet and ankle are complex, and any misalignment of the joints will affect the way you walk and how your weight is balanced. A podiatrist will carry out an initial analysis of your foot alignment and the way in which you walk, while also checking for more straightforward concerns such as calluses, corns, or ingrown toenails, all of which can be treated during your session, or in a short series of follow-up sessions. If, however, the problem is due to an abnormality in your gait (the way in which you walk and run), specialist insoles known as orthotics will most likely be prescribed. These are intended to improve the alignment in your feet and ankles, reducing the strain that is being placed on the lower body, with the intention of reducing the associated pain. It may be necessary to use video analysis to fully study your gait, in order to make a correct diagnosis and determine the most appropriate treatment.
In addition to the sudden onset of foot pain, our podiatrist will also be able to treat a wide range of other foot conditions such as:
- flat feet (pronation),
- high arches (supination)
- plantar fasciitis
- achilles tendonitis.
Long term conditions such as diabetes and obesity are known to lead to a variety of foot problems, so people with these are advised to have regular check-ups. This means that any issues with the feet will be diagnosed at an earlier stage, when they are less severe, which means that treatment and preventative measures are more likely to be successful.
It is also advised that you see a podiatrist if you become aware of any sudden changes in the shape or colour of your feet, whether it is one or both of them. Changes such as these can often be an early indication of health problems that will need to be treated. The earlier these are diagnosed, the better the prognosis will be.