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“The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art – Leonardo Da Vinci”

WHAT IS PODIATRY?

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Podiatrists assess and treat the lower limbs for biomechanical deformities and musculoskeletal injuries. By looking at the way certain joints and muscles function, Podiatrists are able to determine if the way you are walk may be contributing to a current injury or problem. All patients are assessed with slow motion video gait analysis by the Podiatrist to visualise their individual gait pattern.

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CONDITIONS PODIATRIST’S TREAT?

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Some of the areas and conditions of the feet and lower limbs that we treat are…

• Heel Pain
• Arch Pain
• Plantar Fasciitis
• Metatarsal and big toe joint pain
• Achilles tendon injuries
• Ankle Pain
• Shin Pain
• Knee pain
• Lower Back Pain
• Iliotibial Band Syndrome
• Leg Length difference

INSOLES & CUSTOM ORTHOTICS

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Insoles and Orthotics are foot supports that are put in the shoes to help improve foot function and therefore try to relieve symptoms. There are wide ranges of Insoles and Orthotics that are available ranging from over the counter Insoles to custom-made Orthotics. Temporary Orthotics are sometimes prescribed which can be made up within a day. The type of insole that you may need depends on the nature of the problem and what is required to resolve the problem.

Custom Made Orthotics can be made for all different types of footwear from Orthotics that are specifically for Running Shoes to ones that fit in ladies high heel shoes. Orthotics can be made from different materials ranging from rigid carbon fibre to flexible cushioning materials. Sometimes the same Orthotic can be used both for sports shoes and everyday footwear. The design of the Custom Made Orthotic suggested will be discussed in your consultation.

In order for custom made Orthotics to be manufactured; a plaster of Paris impression (a Cast) of the feet needs to be taken. The Casts are then sent off to an Orthotics Laboratory and the devices are made according to a prescription made by the Podiatrist. Casting can be done in the initial consultation if required. Sometimes one or more adjustments need to be made to the Orthotics to improve their efficacy, improve their comfort or improve fit.

MEET OUR PODIATRY EXPERTS

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