01 Sep Foot and Ankle pain slowing you down?
Our feet and ankles are the most neglected area of the body and are often the last thing we consider taking care of. Our feet are one of the most important parts of the body. Have you ever thought about the important role your feet play in your daily life? If you are inhibited from walking correctly because of pain, your quality of life can be dramatically affected.
The human foot is a strong and complex mechanical structure containing 26 bones, 33 joints and more than a hundred muscles, tendons, and ligaments. It is the foundation in which we stand, walk and run and if it breaks down it can have a major effect on the entire body’s system. The movement and biomechanics of the body work in a synergistic way, if one part is not working, problems in the entire chain can manifest. We often see foot function playing a key role in knee, hip and back problems.
Pain in the foot and ankle can be a serious problem. At least 25% of the population will experience some sort of pain in their lifetime. It is important that it is addressed and should not be ignored. Sometimes pain that comes on slowly over days or weeks can be presumed to be not as serious as excruciating acute pain from an injury like a tendon rupture. Pain and injury in the body is often easy to treat in the initial stages, and no matter the type of pain promptly seeking treatment from a podiatrist or medical professional sooner rather than later can save you weeks of agony and minimise any long term problems if left untreated.
A correct diagnosis after a thorough examination is crucial to the resolution of your pain. Without a specific diagnosis, treatment tends to be general rather than specifically targeted to your problem. A comprehensive plan to resolve your pain can be best formulated when the diagnosis is clear. 90% of pain and dysfunction in the body can be solved by conservative means and is often the first step in the treatment of pain and injury within the body.
Invasive procedures such as surgery, injections or medications with side effects, are often best reserved till last. Podiatrists specialise in the conservative and non-invasive treatment approach to solve the problem not just treat the symptoms.
At Solefix, we use our understanding of the human body to assess your movements of the foot and whole body. We take time to assess, doing gait analysis and functional assessments to look for the root cause of your problem.
We accurately diagnose your problem so we can give you a full explanation of what’s going on.
We have various treatments at our disposal such as;
- Offloading Strapping Techniques
- Splints, braces and socks
- Strengthening & Stretching
- Corrective Exercise Therapy
- Footwear Education
- Dry Needling
- Orthotics & In-Shoe Modifications
- Soft tissue therapy
- Joint mobilisation
Foot, heel and ankle pain should not be ignored. No matter the type, it is important to get this assessed. Podiatrists are often your best first step, who are university trained and specialise in the natural management of foot and ankle pain. General practitioners often refer patients straight to podiatry. Podiatrists can help people of all ages who have injury, pain, and disorders of the foot and ankle.
We are driven to get our patients back to their normal activities with the highest level of function, in the least amount of time, using the least invasive treatments possible.