foot, ankle, knee & hip pain Assessment

Few patients are biomechanically perfect. This specialised appointment involves the assessment and treatment of any general aches, pains and injuries of the lower limb such as in the muscles, tendons or joints of the foot, ankle, leg, hip or even the lower back. If you have any recurrent or long standing pain or discomfort in any of these areas a biomechanical assessment can help.

Asymmetries and imbalances of our body such as having high or low arches or one leg being longer than the other can have a profound effect on how we perform and may be a root cause of our pain. Compensatory mechanisms occur as a result of these imbalances meaning a change in the way we stand or walk without us even knowing. Participating in sports and exercise or even generic day to day activities like walking can trigger this pain and if left untreated can have a significant impact on your quality of life.

Our highly skilled MSK podiatrist has extensive training and invaluable experience in the biomechanics of the lower limb. In our detailed assessment we start by looking at any history of previous injuries. We will then observe and measure the range of joint motion, muscle strength and flexibility, looking for any misalignments, weaknesses or restrictions in the feet, ankle, legs, pelvis and shoulders. Assessing any postural imbalance within the skeletal system which may be causing pain or discomfort that could arise from the foot or the lower limb.

Weight bearing and non-weight bearing assessments, observations of walking bare footed and in footwear will be made. After the cause of your problems is identified we will develop a bespoke treatment plan to improve your symptoms. This may involve specific exercises to stretch and strengthen your muscles, foot care advice and prescribing foot insoles.

Common issues we help to treat in clinic are:

  • Big toe pain
  • Bunions
  • Ball of foot pain
  • Arch pain
  • Heel pain
  • Ankle pain
  • Shin pain
  • Knee pain
  • Hip pain
  • Lower back pain