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.
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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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.
Pain can vary from being:
- May also involve other symptoms such as numbness, pins and needles, or burning sensations.
Onset may be:
- A sudden injury.
- Gradual, with no specific or identifiable ‘injury’.
- 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.
- Numbness or tingling.
- Clicking or stuttered motion.
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.
Diagnosis of a foot or ankle issue involves comprehensive assessment. This incorporates medical history, physical examination, and may require medical tests like MRIs, x-rays or ultrasound (depending on the patient and issue). A physio will be able to determine diagnosis and create a treatment plan. If required, we can recommend you to specialised experts for additional examination and insight.
One common component of treatment is manual therapy, which is used to regain normal joint mobility and to release tight or overactive muscle and connective tissue. This is essential in restoring optimal tissue flexibility and joint fluidity.
The other aspect is the specific rehabilitation tailored to your personal circumstance, which involves education and retraining of movements/biomechanics. This can include:
- Video assessment of your personal biomechanics.
- Explanation of your particular issues and dysfunctions.
- Development of exercise programs for specific muscles and structures, with considerations of daily activity and personal goals in mind.
- Reintroduction to training with sports specificity.
Every foot and ankle issue is different, and every person will respond to rehabilitation and treatment differently. You’ll have a much better understanding of your recovery timeframe after meeting with one of our physios; establishing a clear diagnosis and relating it to your unique goals.
Avoid any activity that aggravates the affected area. Get in touch with someone from our team as soon as possible to book a detailed assessment.
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