Are your feet getting you down and stopping you from joining in?
If the answer is YES you would benefit from a Movement Assessment. If your joints are not moving in a smooth way or you have some muscle weakness, this can cause you pain and discomfort.
An assessment on your movement (biomechanics) is designed for those who are suffering with foot, ankle and lower limb issues or concerns.
You will be asked a series of questions relating to your symptoms.
Some of the common conditions seen are:
- heel pain (plantar fasciitis, heel spurs)
- ankle pain
- forefoot pain (metatarsalgia)
- shin splints
- calf or Achilles pain (Tibialis posterior tendon Dysfunction, Achilles tendinopathy)
- other injuries of the lower limb
- and many more lower limb related problems and pain such as neuromas
The average person takes 5000-18000 steps per day. This low grade but repetitive motion can place stress on the foot, legs, pelvis, and spine predisposing a person to pain and discomfort.
The foot is a complex structure made up of 26 bones, and over 100 muscles and ligaments.
If you have a low arched (pronated) foot or a high arched (supinated) foot then you may be more predisposed to problems. However, muscle inflexibility and weakness, footwear and activity levels, can all affect function.
The assessment involves examination of your feet, ankles , knees, hips and posture, looking at alignment, strengths and weaknesses within muscle groups, joints and ligaments. During the assessment the podiatrist will be using these examinations and information to build a clinical picture to help reach a diagnoses.
Once the assessment is complete and a diagnoses is made, if required, a tailor made treatment plan will be prescribed. Typically many complaints can be resolved with a combination or orthoses (devices worn in shoes), exercises and other advanced therapies such as joint manipulation or mobilisation.
At Southsea Podiatry we believe that injuries and certain pathologies respond more successfully to a combined treatment programme which usually includes footwear management, orthoses and exercise rehabilitation.