Foot, ankle and leg pain can be a burden on daily activities. With every step there is 2-3 times your body weight being transferred through your feet. Injuries can be sudden/acute or occur over a long period of time.
Pain can be a result of a problem with your skin, toenails, muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, bones, nerves, veins and/or arteries. The cause may be due to faulty movement patterns placing excessive strain or load on one of these structures.
A podiatrist can assess whether there is an underlying abnormality in the way you move. This is called a biomechanical assessment, which involves a series of questions and a physical examination. These assessments are performed to determine the cause of pain and/or dysfunction, the contributing factors and to formulate a treatment plan.
What information is relevant to the injury?
• Medical background including previous surgeries, medications, allergies and medical conditions.
• Occupation and physical position at work; seated, sit-to-stand desk, standing, lifting or walking on feet.
• Activities and hobbies outside of school and work.
• Questions relating to your injury including when and how the injury occurred, what treatment has/hasn’t helped and what increases and decreases your pain levels.
• Is there a preferred deadline for pain resolution such as a sporting or social event.
• What shoes do you wear at work, school, home and for physical activity.
Physical assessments may include:
• Range of motion analysis to assess for hypermobile, loose or restricted joints.
• Muscle strength and length testing to determine if a muscle is weak or tight.
• Palpation to determine pain location.
• Skin check for callus patterns and high friction areas.
• Standing assessment to determine foot posture and skeletal alignment.
• Dynamic assessments including walking, running and movement relevant to your injury such as a golf swing or kicking action.
• Sport, work and casual shoe check to see the wear pattern and stability features.
• Assessment of current and previous orthotics that have and haven’t helped.
Following a biomechanical assessment, your podiatrist will discuss the diagnosis and management plan for your pain. This plan may include footwear advice, stretching and strengthening exercises, orthotic therapy, dry needling, mobilisation, cupping, activity modification or a referral to a specialist.
If the pain is a result of a skin or toenail abnormalities, general treatment can be provided.
Your Podiatry Canberra specialises in several techniques including dry needling, foot mobilisation, myofascial cupping and injection therapy.