The foot is a complex part of the body. Its 33 joints and more than 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments are influenced directly by the movement and balance of our bodies.
Everything in the body is interconnected therefore when it comes to recurrent foot and ankle problems it is good practice to assess the whole body for muscular balance and other possible causes.
To treat and diagnose such a problem, a specific assessment along with knowledge of foot biomechanics is required. One of our primary specialisations at Physio Body and Sole is foot and ankle problems.
Common foot and ankle problems we treat:
Heel and Arch Pain
Many times, there are simple treatments for painful feet. Such as a tight muscle or stiff joint, that once mobilised or released enables the foot to function normally again and pain to be relieved.
Specific assessment along with a knowledgeable therapist in foot biomechanics can diagnose the problem and suggest suitable treatment. Read More
Treatment for plantar fasciitis may include calf stretches, taping to support the arch, correction of any biomechanical issues, massage, and correct footwear. For tears a walking boot and rest may be prescribed. Once the foot is weaned out of the boot it will need to be strengthened.
There is usually more than one structure affected by the time most people seek help for plantar fascia pain. Therefore, seeking guidance for treatment as soon as possible is highly recommended.
Compressed or irritated nerves may cause pain in the feet. There are sensory nerves in joints, muscles and soft tissues of the feet. Nerve pain may feel like burning, shooting, or stabbing pain, or there may be a dull ache (can also be a sign of inflammation), or paraesthesia (pins and needles) or numbness.
Early treatment, and better still prevention, ensures an early resolution of pain from nerve irritation. The longer the pressure or irritation on a nerve, the longer it may take to resolve, but sometimes it can be very quick. Read More
Recurrent Ankle Sprains
Often sprains occur when ligaments are stretched and when joints are stiff. We need to strengthen muscles to provide dynamic support where once the ligaments provided support. Otherwise a brace, tapping or surgery is an option.
Sprained ankles can get better on their own depending on the severity and if treated properly but generally require at least one treatment.
If you have more than one sprain, things get more difficult to rehabilitate. Loose ligaments can cause ankle instability if the surrounding muscles are retrained to support the ligament. Read More
After immobilisation it can feel strange to walk normally. Muscles are severely detrained and it is easy to pick up bad walking habits. It is always best to be guided into the correct exercises to restore good gait and function again after immobility. A therapist with experience in lower limb biomechanics is an expert at gait re-education.
Extremely Flat Feet
The occurrence of flat feet can result from a weak Tibialis Posterior muscle. It is important this is assessed and very specific strengthening exercises given to prevent further foot and ankle problems.
Practitioner and Bookings
A-J is the principal physiotherapist at Physio Body and Sole and holds a special interest and extensive experience in treating foot and ankle problems.
A-J has traveled the world, working in London in a sports practice, as a ski guide in France and has toured with the Australian Ski Team. In addition to her 20 years experience in private practice, A-J has completed further education in physio including Functional Anatomy, Biomechanics and Exercise and Sports Science.