Podiatry

Podiatry is concerned with the way our lower limbs function, checking for abnormalities and possible causes of pain in the foot, ankle, knee and back.

Many patients attend the podiatric clinic for the management of a wide range of sports including professional and amateur: running; football; skiing and rugby and have access to a variety of treatments.

What is a Podiatrist?

 

Our expert podiatrists will use a range of diagnostic tests like gait analysis to analyse your movement and function, making recommendations for treatments such as customised orthotics, trainer/footwear advice and, where appropriate, a structured training or rehabilitation programme.

The podiatry team works together with other specialists to analyse a variety of orthopaedic conditions and design a personalised treatment plan for each patient. You will normally be referred to a podiatrist by one of our orthopaedic surgeons, however many patients self refer to access services.

 

Common conditions

You may be referred to a podiatrist for a number of reasons including:

  •     Activity related lower back pain associated with foot posture
  •     Any activity related pain affecting the foot and ankle
  •     Ankle instability (re-occurring sprains)
  •     Functional Knee pain or other knee conditions
  •     Foot profile concerns (pronated or supinated feet)
  •     Iliotibial band (ITB) syndrome (runner’s knee)
  •     Exercise induced shin pain (shin splints)
  •     Metatarsal pain on activity (metatarsalgia)
  •     Morton’s neuroma

How is my condition diagnosed?

 

You will be biomechanically assessed during your first appointment, this involves being recorded standing and walking on a treadmill in order to analyse your gait. Following this, your podiatrist will be able to determine your structure and alignment to design a personalised and targeted treatment plan.

To allow for this, your initial appointment takes on average an hour, we recommend you wear a pair of shorts or loose trousers that allow appropriate movement and bring your usual sports trainers and every day footwear for a full evaluation.

Morton’s neuroma is a major cause of pain in the forefoot that is usually found between the third and fourth toes. Our specialists offer a range of surgical and non surgical options to treat this condition.
Ankle arthritis, or osteoarthritis, is a condition where the smooth cartilage lining of the bones inside the joint, which allows normal smooth motion between the bones, becomes worn and gradually causes friction between the bones when you move.