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Regardless of your goals, or the nature of your issue, we undertake comprehensive assessment and analysis to develop a unique treatment plan. We can offer expert insight into a huge range of foot and ankle conditions, including those caused by acute injury, overuse, or ongoing biomechanical factors.


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Our approach to foot and ankle physiotherapy

Video analysis and thorough observation of walking and running plays an important part in our assessment process and helps highlight the causes of foot and ankle pain.  This then leads to specific testing and assessment of the foot and ankle in relation to the presentation.  Once a clear diagnosis has been made, your physio will discuss a personal treatment plan; designed to resolve your symptoms and prevent recurrence.

This may involve orthotics, modifying your day-to-day and training footwear, or a combination of mobilisation, stretching, soft tissue therapy, taping, dry-needling, and specific rehabilitation exercises to strengthen the structures of the foot and ankle.

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When should I see a physiotherapist?

If you’ve experienced any of the following signs or symptoms, we recommend you get in touch with the team to arrange an assessment:

  • Any form of persistent pain, numbness or pins and needles in or around the foot and/or ankle.
  • Any form of popping or snapping sound or sensation associated with an identifiable injury incident.
  • Feelings of instability.
  • An inability to bend your foot downward or ‘push off’ the injured leg when walking.
  • Ongoing swelling or stiffness in the area.
  • A loss of mobility in the foot or ankle, or tightness into the calf or shin region.
  • Ongoing discomfort related to specific activities, e.g. wearing certain shoes or walking up stairs.
  • Difficulty weight bearing.

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Symptoms

Given that there are such a wide variety of issues associated with the foot and ankle, the symptoms can be varied. Noting which symptoms apply to your injury helps toward your diagnosis, which is made at the initial appointment after a full assessment.


Pain

Pain can vary from being:

  • Dull/aching.
  • Sharp/shooting/acute.
  • May also involve other symptoms such as numbness, pins and needles, or burning sensations.

Onset

Onset may be:

  • A sudden injury.
  • Gradual, with no specific or identifiable ‘injury’.

Triggers

  • Normal everyday activities.
  • Overuse (i.e. gradually worsens throughout an activity)
  • Higher level activities such as running or sports
  • Rest: the foot and/or ankle is in constant pain.

Sensations

  • Stiffness.
  • Swelling
  • Numbness or tingling.
  • Weakness.
  • Spasms.
  • Clicking or stuttered motion.

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Common conditions

There are many issues that can affect the feet and ankles. Some of the more common issues we treat in clinic include achilles tendon pain, plantar fasciitis, post-surgical rehabilitation, acute sprains and strains, muscle dysfunction, tibialis posterior tendinopathy, and calf tightness. We also specialise in the assessment and treatment of both acute and overuse injuries in runners, and as well as wide range of sporting activities including but not limited to netball, soccer, football, rugby, and tennis.  These sports commonly involve injuries to the foot and ankle.


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Frequently-asked questions

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