“The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art.” Leonardo da Vinci
What is Musculoskeletal Podiatry?
Foot pain is a common condition which can interfere with simple, day-to-day activities and significantly impact on a persons life. Our feet carry our entire body weight when we are standing, walking or running and the bones, joints, muscles, ligaments and nerves can all suffer from mechanical damage. Furthermore, poor foot function commonly produces symptoms in other parts of the body, particularly the knee, hip and lower back. Musculoskeletal Podiatry is the area of the profession that deals with these problems.
Before starting treatment we carry out a detailed biomechanical assessment to determine the precise nature of your problem and any contributory mechanical factors. This is the key to developing an effective treatment plan.
In this assessment we will look at your posture and structural alignment, the range and quality of motion in the joints of the foot, ankle and lower limb and equally importantly at how you walk. In addition, we also utilise a computerised static and dynamic pressure analysis system.
What treatments do you provide?
The type of treatment provided will depend on the nature and severity of the problem and will be tailored to your needs.
Our range of treatments includes:
- Advice and exercises
- Mobilisation and manipulation
- Taping and strapping techniques
- Low level laser therapy
Insoles and Orthoses
We offer a wide range of devices. The choice of device will be dependent on the condition being treated and a number of other factors which we will discuss with you.
We keep both basic and condition-specific insoles in stock. Many of these can be modified to your specific needs and can provide an effective, low-cost solution to many problems.
These are manufactured in our own workshop using a combination of pre-formed and custom components.
We use established, reputable manufacturers who also produce orthoses for both UK military personnel and top-level competitive athletes. We are now also able to provide the latest “Phits” 3D printed orthoses. We aim to provide prompt turn around – generally within two weeks.
We also work closely with other health professionals including Physiotherapists, Osteopaths and Chiropractors.