Podiatrists are dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of lower limb biomechanical-related injuries in both the sporting and general population.
A referral from your general practitioner or physiotherapist is not required to see one of our podiatrists.
Using the latest in biomechanical computer software, our podiatrists assess the alignment and function of your musculoskeletal system during gait (walking, running) and a series of functional exercises to identify the biomechanical factors involved and related to your injury.
These may include:
- over or under pronation of the foot
- pelvic instability
- excessive movement of bone(s) in the foot and lower limb
- a pressure overload on a bone or soft tissue structure leading to increased stress
- one limb longer or shorter
With the repetitive nature of exercise and sport on the lower limb structures (bone, muscle, tendon, ligament), small inefficiencies or errors in your alignment and movement can lead to the development of overuse (ie shin splints, muscle tendonitis) injuries, which if left untreated can develop into stress fractures to the relevant bones involved.
In order to prevent your injury becoming more serious and debilitating, early intervention strategies are devised to stabilise and correct the biomechanical factors involved which may include:
- muscle stretching
- muscle strengthening exercises
- customised and lightweight flexible orthotics
- footwear advice (work, casual, running, sporting boots)
- foot / ankle padding and strapping
When walking the foot absorbs approximately 2Ω times your body weight with each step. Naturally, the skin on the sole of your foot thickens and develops a hard protective layer on areas that are required to absorb the highest pressures. When the hard skin (callous) becomes too thick it can crack or create a burning pain under the foot. If the pressure becomes more localised and / or rubbing of the skin is also involved, a painful corn may develop. Treatment involves debriding (ie, remove the hardened upper layers of skin) the callouses / corns in a gentle and pain-free method, in order to allow the softer skin underneath to mature. Appropriate footwear advice would also be given to minimize the risk of re-occurrence.
Attention is often not paid to toenails unless they become bruised, thickened or ingrown, in which case they can be very painful, even at night in bed! Early intervention is imperative to manage the ingrown toenails effectively and avoid infection. There are many non-invasive treatment options avaiIable for ingrown toenails, however if they become an ongoing problem, nail surgery (performed under a local anesthetic) may be appropriate.
Please be advised that if you have diabetes, it is particularly important to have any corns / callouses and ingrown toenails treated regularly (every 6-8 weeks) by a podiatrist to avoid possible complications.
Other common foot conditions we successfully treat and manage are warts (verrucae), tinea (athlete's foot) and blisters.
For further information on our podiatrists, please visit Peak Performance Podiatry.