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Would you like to be able to walk without pain?

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.

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WHAT TYPE OF BOOKING SHOULD YOU MAKE?

INITIAL ASSESSMENT CHIROPODY is for your FIRST VISIT for issues that you can see eg corns, toenails or hard skin. You will be assessed and treatment will form part of the appointment.

PODIATRY is for Mechanical issues or Surgical procedures (Nail removal or Verruca needling).
Mechanical issues are pain while walking not caused by something you can see.
Surgical procedures using anaesthetic to remove ingrowing nails or Verruca.

ROUTINE CHIROPODY. Clients who require regular Chiropody and conservative treatment for ingrowing nails.

I look forward to meeting with you and dealing with your Foot concerns.

Book your appointment today

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#Chilblains

It’s that time of year when the weather turns cold that we see more of these on feet.

Some people are more prone to these than others and indeed suffer from them in milder conditions too.

The cause is blood moving away from the extremities towards the organs in the body as these are more important to keep at an ideal temperature.

If the chill remains for too long then blood vessels are damaged and less able to contract and expand.

If warming occurs too quickly, the sudden burst of blood can also damage vessels and feel painful.

Recommended are double layers of socks, (silk as a first layer to insulate then wool over the top).  Plastizote insoles are helpful.  Balmosa cream is good on skin which is not broken and can help keep the area warm. A good waterproof pair of shoes with thick soles is also a good idea if you are going to be outdoors.

 

Ingrowing nail
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Nail Surgery – ingrowing toenail

If nothing else has worked, this condition can be resolved with a minor surgical procedure.

Ingrowing or painful nails have a number of causes; shape of the nail, ill fitting shoes or trauma are some of the reasons that the condition arises.

A brief assessment is performed and a local anaesthetic is used to extract the problem nail. A chemical is used which kills the nail cells from growing again. Post surgery, the toe must be kept clean and a dressing applied daily.

The procedure might also be available through the NHS, ask your Doctor if he will consider referring you. There will be a waiting list so you might prefer to seek private treatment when your preference of day and time will be more easily accommodated.

The following link to a video is really useful.

https://youtu.be/r7aNl2C6rv8