Here at Footflex podiatry we assess, manage and treat a range of foot and ankle problems including forefoot pain, heel pain, ankle pain and achilles pain. Many foot problems are usually associated with our footwear, training methods, and biomechanics.
Forefoot pain can present itself with many different symptoms including a dull ache, sharp pain and numbness and tingling. There are many causes for forefoot pain including a morton's neuroma, bursitis, or even stress fractures.
Heel pain is the most common foot condition, also known as 'plantar fasciitis'. Plantar fasciitis is an overuse condition which normally presents it's classic symptoms of pain on the plantar aspect of the heel. The pain is normally worse when getting out of bed in the morning and after periods of rest.
Ankle Pain is usually caused through trauma (injury) to the ankle. Other factors that may also lead to ankle pain include poor footwear, biomechanics and muscle/ligament overuse. Ankle pain can occur medially, laterally and anteriorly.
The Achilles tendon is the thickest and strongest tendon in the human body. Achilles tendinitis is a common problem found which causes pain in the posterior aspect of the heel. Symptoms usually include stiffness in the morning and pain during or after exercise.
Shin Pain also known as 'shin splints' is a common running injury and usually presents as pain in the lower 2/3 of the shin bone. Shin splints will normally occur with increased activity and is normally deemed as an overuse injury.
Other pain associated with the lower limb might include calf, knee, hip or back pain. Many of these problems are also associated with foot function and should be assessed by a podiatrist to identify the correct treatment option.
The above conditions are just a few of the the foot problems we see. As podiatrist's we specialize in conducting a thorough biomechanical assessment to diagnose the cause of the pain. Pronation (rolling in) and supination (rolling out) are very common foot types we see which often contribute to foot pain and can be managed and treated through footwear and orthotic insoles.