What is Podiatry?
Podiatry deals with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of lower limb problems. This is achieved by assessing the biomechanics of the lower limb during gait and standing and then relating this to the joints and muscles higher up.
Your body is a complex piece of machinery and movement irregularities within your foot and ankle can cause problems further up the body i.e. hips, knees, lower back, as the various joints, tendons and muscles try to compensate.
For example, if when you land on your feet, your ankles roll in or ‘over pronate’, this will cause the knees to internally rotate and can cause large amounts of uneven stresses across the knee joint. Over time this may lead to ligament and tendon tightness or weakness and possibly damage to the joint itself. Further up the body your pelvis will adjust to maintain balance which could also cause back pain. This could start a series of problems which you would not immediately relate to your foot and ankle alignment.
What Happens in a Podiatry Appointment?
The time required to treat each patient differs depending on the individual and specific discomfort or injury. The treatment process is as follows:
The first stage is for an initial consultation to assess the injury or issue. This may involve removal of your shoe, sock and rolling up your trousers so a good assessment can be made. This examination will often include the Podiatrist observing you walking towards and away from her so she can see and assess what is happening when your foot strikes the ground. She may also need to measure your leg lengths and look at the mobility of your feet and ankle too.
This very often leads to the production of a temporary insole for immediate use. This will begin the corrective process to improve joint position and the muscular changes that need to occur to allow you to feel the benefits of proper support as soon as possible. If prescribed, she will ask you to wear these insoles as much as possible to allow for maximum speed of improvement.
This review will usually take place 2-3 weeks after the initial consultation; this will allow us to assess and discuss any changes which may have occurred in this time whilst wearing the improved support. Following this assessment a prescription will then be sent to our Orthotic specialist, who will make up the correct insoles.
Your prescription orthotics will usually take 2 weeks to be made up. When your new insoles are here at the clinic we will call you for you to come and pick them up. The Podiatrist would normally like to see you 2 weeks after you have begun using the prescription insoles to check on your progress.
Referral to another Amber Therapist
For the reasons above, our Podiatrist works closely here at Amber with all the other therapists, and often finds it helpful to refer you to the Osteopathic team for help with any problems identified further up the body. For example sometimes a deep tissue massage with the Sports Therapists can have beneficial effects for loosening and relieving tightness caused by foot issues and gait.
Nothing in this website should be taken as a claim to treat any specific condition.