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Foot and Ankle Pain

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Common Causes of Foot and Ankle Pain:

Podiatrist are highly specialised in the diagnosis and treatment of foot and ankle pain.  Some of the conditions we regularly treat are:

Plantar Fasciitis

This condition involves thickening and changes within the plantar fascia, a band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot. Plantar fasciitis often causes heel pain, especially in the morning or after periods of rest. Click here to find out more.

Morton's Neuroma

Morton's neuroma, otherwise known as interdigital neuritis, is a painful foot condition associated with nerve changes to one of the nerves of the forefoot. The primary symptoms are a stabbing, or burning pain in the toes, and altered sensation in the area. 

Achilles Tendonitis

Achilles tendonitis is characterised by inflammation of the Achilles tendon, which connects the calf muscles to the heel bone. Symptoms include pain and stiffness in the back of the heel, particularly during physical activity.

Bunions

A bunion (hallux abductovalgus / HAV) is deviation of the big toe joint, which results in the toe leaning towards the other toes. Bunions can be painful and make it difficult to find properly fitting shoes.

Sprains and Strains

Foot and ankle sprains and strains are common injuries that occur when the ligaments or muscles in the foot or ankle are stretched or torn. These injuries often result from sudden twisting or rolling of the foot.

Osteoarthritis

We can develop degenerative osteoarthritis (OA) in any of the 33 joints of the  foot and ankle.  OA causes reduced joint flexibility, swelling and pain in and around the affected joint and results in compensatory movement patterns in the entire lower limb.

What treatment options are available?

Our team of experienced podiatrists is dedicated to providing personalised care and effective treatment options for foot and ankle pain. Depending on your specific condition and needs, treatment options may include:

  • Orthoses and Insoles: We have an extensive range of off-the-shelf devices to offer, and where more bespoke option is needed we also offer custom made orthoses.  These are shoe inserts designed to provide support, cushioning, and alignment for the feet and ankles.

  • MLS Class 4 Laser: Laser therapy can be used to reduce pain and inflammation in musculoskeletal disorders, injuries, swelling (post injury as well as chronic oedema) and joint pain.  It is also used to improve blood flow to allow quicker and stronger wound healing.

  • Physical Therapy: We can develop a tailored exercise program to strengthen the muscles, improve flexibility, and enhance mobility in the feet and ankles. 

  • Podiatric Acupuncture and Dry Needling: Our podiatrists use a combination of Traditional Chinese Acupuncture (TCU) points and Western Medical Dry Needling techniques to relieve pain, reduce inflammation, improve circulation, and enhance overall foot function.

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