The human foot is designed to function on a soft surface, but as human society has developed we now spend every day walking on hard, flat surfaces creating adaptive changes in the human mechanics and causing long term wear and tear to our feet, ankles and backs.
Foot and ankle pain can be caused by a biomechanical dysfunction and abnormal gait or walking patterns due to structural imbalances.
A hands on assessment of the foot, ankle, knees, hips and back are carried out to check the range and direction of joint motion, and the strength of muscles and the stability of ligaments.
Visual gait assessment is carried out to detect any functional gait abnormality. The results of these will be put together to determine your treatment plan. This may include stretching and strengthening exercises, orthotics and if necessary referral to a physiotherapist, Osteopath and or Podiatric surgeon for further management.