Pain can present itself in multiple areas of the foot and or ankle and establishing the location can help to explain the cause of pain.
Pain in the ankle will often follow an injury, most commonly a sprain. This tends to occur on the outside of the ankle and due to the altered biomechanics can lead to lower leg pain and knee pain.
Foot pain can occur in multiple areas and tends to be a more chronic problem due to patients not consulting in the acute stages of pain. Foot wear and activity can play a role in the development of foot and ankle pain and this in turn can lead on to altered biomechanics of the lower limb and misalignment of the spine.
A physical assessment of the patient’s foot and ankle joints is essential to establish any restrictions in movement and any asymmetry in the movement of the joints left and right.
A gait scan analysis can be invaluable in establishing the subtle changes in movement of the feet as we walk and therefore the possible cause of pain. From the scan we can establish any areas of the foot that aren’t moving properly and from this we can decide if prescription orthotics would necessary to help maintain any improvements obtained through treatme.
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