Foot and Ankle Pain
Foot and Ankle pain can be complex & distressing, often affecting your ability to enjoy even the simplest daily activities. With us you are in good hands. We understand foot pain from a patient perspective and have the experience to help you to manage it effectively.
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Common Foot and Ankle Pain Complaints
Plantar Heel Pain
Plantar Fasciopathy (or ‘Plantar Fasciitis’ as it is commonly known) affects at least 1 in 10 of us in our lifetimes. It is characterised by pain on the bottom of the heel that is typically worse in the mornings. This condition can a serious cause of pain & inactivity.
Achilles Tendon Pain
Achilles Tendinopathy is a common condition affecting the tendon at the back of the heel. There are a number of factors that can contribute to achilles tendinopathy including: Training error, load management and foot function issues.
The small key bones of the human mid foot are not designed to last as long as we do. The bones and joints of the midfoot can become damaged over time, with systemtic / inflammatory disease or as a result of trauma.
Arthritis is common in the Foot & Ankle, as we spend most of our lives standing, walking and running on them. Arthritis of the forefoot, midfoot and ankle are all quite common. Arthritis may develop as a result of age / use related ‘wear & repair’ or as a result of systemic / inflammatory conditions.
Ankle Sprains are extremely common and while some are just bad luck, others may be a result of ‘Chronic Ankle Instability’. This is a condition related to Hypermobility of the Foot & Ankle, where the collagen in our tissues is slightly too elastic. This can lead to issues with control, balance and strength.
Tendinopathy is a condition of tendons that can result in pain, swelling and loss of function. This can occur at numerous sites in the Foot & Ankle. Tendon pain can be quite disabling and prevent people from taking part in the activities they love, whether that’s walking, running, dancing or competitive sport.
A Stress Fracture is a small crack or sometimes severe bruising of a bone. They are common in the 2nd & 3rd metatarsal bones in the foot.
A Neuroma is a thickening of nerve tissue that can occur in the foot as a result of excessive shearing force between the metatarsals.
Sesamoiditis is a common pain syndrome that affects the forefoot. It is especially common in distance runners, football players and dancers.
Plantar Plate Tears
Plantar plate injuries involve damage to the ligaments that lie beneath the toe joints. They are most commonly found at the 2nd toe.
Big Toe Joint Pain
The Big Toe Joint is an important pivot point of the foot, and due to a number of factors, this joint can become stiff, painful and inflamed.
Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
Much like Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in the wrist, this condition can lead to the tibial nerve entrapment behind the ankle.
Bursae are fluid filled sacks that help reduce friction around joints. Due to mechanical overload, bursae can flare and become painful.
A huge number of injuries can take place at the Foot & Ankle. Our in-depth history and examination will allow us to highlight an appropriate clinical diagnosis.