The Musculoskeletal system comprises of your muscles, bones, joints, ligaments and tendons. These structures can be damaged by injury, overuse or disease.
Musculoskeletal complaints of the feet are those pesky aches and pains that get you down. Common conditions include:
Muscle tears or injury
Achilles Tendonitis – pain at the back of the ankle
Plantar Fasciitis – pain at the bottom of the heel
Ball of foot pain – including Bursitis, Neuroma, Ganglion, Stress Fracture
There are 26 bones in the foot all connected to each other by ligaments, moved by muscles and tendons, and we stand on them all day. There are many structures that can become damaged and many ways that they can be damaged. Thorough assessment and good problem solving is required to assess problems with your feet and provide long term treatment options.
Our feet support our entire body so its only natural to take a full body approach to managing problems with the feet when they arise. The feet can also be the cause of instability further up the body too…
…Considering this, Balanced Podiatry runs appointments for musculoskeletal complaints a little differently:
You have been having pain in your feet or legs for a while and you have decided that you need a thorough assessment of the problem to fix it for good.
What to expect at your first appointment?
Balanced Podiatry requests an hour for your first appointment. This gives us time to conduct a proper assessment and start getting to the cause of your pain.
This initial appointment will involve:
Thorough assessment. Head-toe posture analysis, video gait analysis, joint and muscle testing. It is best to wear loose comfortable clothing. Please bring any X-rays or other tests or images that may be relevant.
Footwear assessment. Please bring the shoes that you wear for work and exercise or sport as well as day-day wear.
Discussion of relevant medical history including injuries or surgeries. If there is a lot please get a print out from your GP and bring along any relevant images.
Education. Airlie will explain the tests that she is conducting as we go but will also sit with you to put it all together and give you a diagnosis.
Referral. If there are any significant abnormalities or anything especially interesting referral will be made to physiotherapist, GP or for X-ray or Ultrasound
Treatment. Long term resolution of a problem requires accurate diagnosis. Once we are happy with what is injured and how it occurred a range of treatment options will be offered based on complexity of your condition, level of dysfunction or pain and financial constraints.
Report. Soon after your appointment I will write to you to provide an outline of assessment findings, the treatment plan that we agreed on and any exercises or other information that may be useful. After all, it is YOUR health and the more information that you have the more empowered you are to improve your health.
‘Walking with you to better foot health’