Chartered Physiotherapists are experts in the causes, symptoms and treatment of foot pain.
The foot is an intricate and complex structure comprising of 26 bones, 33 joints and numerous muscles, tendons and ligaments. It provides shock absorption and propulsion in order for you to walk and run effectively.
Pain in the foot indicates that there may be something wrong locally with the structures of the foot; the joints may be stiff or hypermobile or from repetitive stresses. These stresses can arise from other joints in the leg, poor foot posture or inappropriate footwear. Pain in the foot can also lead to compensations in your normal movement patterns and cause further injury in the foot and other areas of the body.
Common foot problems include overuse syndromes such as;
- plantar fasciitis
- heel spurs
- Morton’s Neuroma
- stress fractures to the bones of the foot
- issues relating to systemic disorders including gout, diabetic neuropathies and rheumatoid arthritis
What to expect when you visit a Chartered Physiotherapist
Your chartered physiotherapist will assess the overall biomechanics of the lower limb, determining how the different parts of your foot are functioning during movement.
Specific manual therapy, stretches and strengthening exercises can address the problems that have been identified as the cause of your foot pain. Your Chartered Physiotherapist can also prescribe orthotic supports and give advice on correct footwear.
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