The Musculoskeletal system comprises of your muscles, bones, joints, ligaments and tendons. These structures can be damaged by injury, overuse or disease.
Some common Musculoskeletal complaints of the feet include:
Muscle tears or injury
Achilles Tendonitis – pain at the back of the ankle
Plantar fasciitis – pain at the bottom of the heel
Plantar Plate injury or metatarsal pain – pain under the ball of the foot
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.
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?
Airlie requests an hour for your first appointment.
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.
Discussion of relevant medical history including injuries or surgeries.
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’