Foot and Ankle conditions
Foot and ankle discomfort and related biomechanical dysfunction is the most common problem we treat in clinic. Feet are incredibly complex and when functioning correctly are a marvel of engineering, but this complexity lends itself to a number of symptoms when things go wrong. Often foot problems can also create symptoms further up the kinetic chain such as in the knees, hips and back. Orthotic treatment can effectively address the following conditions:
· Flat feet – Pronation
· Forefoot Pain - Metatarsalgia
· Arch/heel Strain - Plantar Fasciitis
· Ankle Pain – Tibialis Posterior Dysfunction, Lateral Impingement Syndrome
· Shin Splints
· Knee Pain - Patella mal-tracking
A common orthotic treatment regime is these cases is the use of foot orthoses (custom made insoles) which are designed to offer biomechanical correction and/or relocation of pressure on the foot structures. There are a variety of techniques and construction methods that can be used in order to resolve symptoms. We will pay attention to footwear fitting and ensure that a practical solution, that minimally impacts your preferred shoe styles, is pursued.
In some cases the problem may lie in a number of areas, such as poor posture, pelvic malalignment, leg length discrepancies, tight or poorly toned muscles. We can use Foot Orthotics to improve posture and accommodate for any limb length discrepancy. If we do not feel that your problem is caused primarily by your foot position or poor biomechanics, we will not prescribe you any Foot Orthotics and my suggest that you seek advice from a different therapist.
We only commission foot orthoses from leading manufacturers who utilise the latest CAD CAM technology and with whom we have a close working relationship; this includes Langer LBG Medical and Salts Techstep.