Why is podiatry important?
Foot pain affects about 1/3 of the population and this can restrict daily activities and sports participation. Our Winchester podiatrist is here to help.
Feet comprise ¼ of the bones in the body, with many muscles, ligaments, tendons and joints. Every step put's significant weight through these structures and this repeated use often reults in mechanical damage. Injuries can result from repeated use, or one traumatic incident.
During an Appointment
An initial biomechanical assessment with our Winchester podiatrist will consist of:
- Taking a full medical history as well as a history of the foot complaint,
- Assessment of the feet and legs when sitting
- Standing and walking/running assessments
- Footwear assessment and advice
- A diagnosis and treatment plan
- Stretching and soft tissue management (both rigid and kinesiology tape)
- Bespoke or semi bespoke orthoses (insoles)
- Relevant referrals for treatment from other health professionals and imaging
- Our Winchester podiatrist can offer treatment plans for foot pain as well as many injuries to the hips, back and legs that may stem from biomechanical problems.
Commonly treated injuries:
- Metatarsalgia, plantar plate tears and joint synovitis of the metatarsophalangeal joints (all resulting in pain under the balls of the foot)
- Mortons neuroma (resulting in pain between joints at the balls of the feet)
- Plantar fasciitis (pain under the heel)
- Posterior tibial tendon dysfunction (adult acquired flat foot)
- Pain associated with hallux valgus (bunions)
- Functional hallux limitus (pain in the big toe joints)
- Shin splints (medial tibial stress syndrome and chronic compartment syndrome)
- Anterior knee pain and patellofemoral syndrome
- Hip and back pain associated with leg length difference
- Osteoarthritis of the foot and ankle
- Bursitis of joints
- Areas of overloaded pressure resulting in corns
- Osgood-Schlatter’s, Severs and Iselin’s Disease (pain in the knees, heels, and outside of the foot associated with growing pains)
- Paediatric flat foot and other gait problems in children including those linked with hypermobility