Foot & Ankle

The foot is made of many small bones that are separated into talus, calcaneous, tarsals, metatarsals and phalangeal bones. It is then categorised into forefoot, mid foot and hindfoot. Whereas your ankle joint is made of talus, tibia and fibula.

This allows you to move the foot and ankle in multiple directions and it be so adaptable to uneven surfaces and transferring weight from one part of the foot to another.

The foot and ankle has ligaments, tendons, and intrinsic (within the foot) and extrinsic (passes from outside foot into foot) muscles that help stabilise it and help provide gross and fine movements.

The foot and ankle can be injured by high impact, repetitive movements or impact, or become painful due to changes in the joint.  This can have an impact on the rest of body due to adaptations to pain, such as lower back pain. Therefore it is an important area of the body to keep working effectively or treat properly when you have injured it or have a problem.

 

Treatments include:

  • Tailored exercise programmes
  • Acupuncture
  • Pilates
  • Trigger point release
  • SNAGs, NAGs and MWMs
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Postural re-education
  • Gait re-education
  • Manual therapy
  • Soft tissue release