Helping you recover from injuries and resulting pain in your feet and legs is at the heart of what we do. We treat the whole family – from kids to athletes to those in their golden years. Injuries don’t just mean those sustained in sports or physical activity – if you have any pain or discomfort in your feet or legs, we’re your team.
While relieving your immediate pain and discomfort is always the first step in your rehabilitation, it should never end there. Every injury always has one or many causes, and if these causes are not addressed, you may continue to become injured in the same way after your current injury has healed. This is a frustrating cycle that many people spend years in before seeking help and putting a stop to the problem – or at least significantly reducing the risk of it recurring.
When you’re injured, your appointment starts with a biomechanical assessment to understand the extent of your injury and the structures that have been involved. Often, multiple muscles/tissues are affected by the same injury.
Next, we perform a series of painless tests to uncover exactly what is happening with your muscles, ligaments, bones and joints every time you take a step. This almost always provides some key insights into why that particular muscle or joint has become damaged. We’ll check your foot posture, muscle strength and show you a video recording of your gait, carefully explaining what we’re seeing and how it relates to your injury.
Based on all our findings, we’ll then create a unique treatment plan that is geared to:
Case study: Fiona experiences regular ankle sprains, she estimates 2-3 times per year. She puts it down to clumsiness, not watching where she’s walking, and not wearing the best shoes at times. Fiona accepted that this was normal for her – even when she’d have to strap her ankle and endure the pain for a week or two following the sprain.
Her injury assessment revealed that the ligaments supporting Fiona’s ankle have weakened and loosened, so are no longer effectively doing the job of keeping the ankle firm and stable. This explains Fiona’s recurring sprains – the weakening of the ligaments over time led to a condition called chronic ankle instability.
Now that we know the real cause of her sprains, we can put the right measures in place to both rehabilitate and help strengthen the ankle, as well as prescribe a pair of custom foot orthotics that are designed to help stabilise the ankle and prevent it from rolling out as she walks. Fiona does not have to put up with regular ankle sprains or accept them as the ‘norm’. Foot pain and recurring injuries are never normal.