What We Treat

Northernhay Clinic Exeter Podiatry Clinic specialise in the treatment of chronic Lower Limb Pain. Interventions at the Foot & Ankle can have widespread effects on the whole body.

We treat people with foot, ankle or lower limb pain. So whether you are a professional athlete, a weekend warrior, a golfer, runner or walker – we have the experience to help you manage your chronic Lower Limb pain.

How can we Help? 

Shin Pain

Our consultant MSK Podiatrist Jonathan Palmer BSc (Pod) FFPM RCPS (Glasg). FCPM has extensive experience in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of chronic Shin Pain & exercise induced Lower Limb Pain following 20 years of Podiatry services to HM Royal Marines Commando Training Centre.

Hip Pain

Your hips work together with your feet & ankles. Hip Pain is often caused by lacking foot function. Our MSK Podiatrists will closely examine and assess your natural standing and movement patterns. The alignment of your feet & ankles will help ease your Hip Pain. 

Foot & Ankle Pain

Foot & Ankle Pain can be very distressing as it often affects the ability to enjoy even the simplest daily activities. With us you are in good hands. We understand Foot Pain & Ankle Pain. We have 25 years experience to help you manage it effectively.

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Knee Pain

Knee Pain is a very common complaint in our clinics. There are a wide variety of factors which cause Knee Pain and it can affect children, adults and elderly people in very different ways. The Northernhay Clinic team utilise all their experience to treat Knee Pain in professional athletes as well as the civilian population, adults and children.

Lower Back Pain

Back Pain is the most common Musculoskeletal complaint at GP surgeries. The spine and general posture are affected by foot function in many different ways. Our expert team will assess your limb and gait to optimise function and to help alleviate your Back Pain.

Common Foot & Ankle Complaints

Plantar Heel Pain

Plantar Fasciopathy (commonly known as Plantar Fasciitis) affects at least 1 in 10 of us in our lifetimes. It is characterised by pain on the bottom of the heel. The pain is typically worse in the mornings. Plantar Fasciopathy can become a serious cause of pain & inactivity.

Achilles Tendon Pain

Achilles Tendinopathy is a condition affecting the tendon at the back of the heel. The most common factors contributing to Achilles Tendinopathy are: Training errors, load management and foot function issues.

Midfoot Pain

The small key bones of the human mid foot are not designed to last as long as we do in our modern day lives. The bones and joints of the midfoot can easily become damaged over time with systemic or inflammatory disease or as a result of trauma.

Arthritic Pain

Arthritis is common in the Foot & Ankle as we spend most of our lives standing, walking and running. Arthritis of the forefoot, midfoot and ankle can be a result of age or use related ‘wear & repair’. They can also be caused by systemic or inflammatory conditions.

Ankle Sprains

Ankle Sprains are extremely common. 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. It can affect control, balance and strength.


Tendinopathy is a condition of tendons which 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 sport or the activities they love.

Other Injuries

Stress Fractures

A Stress Fracture is a small crack or sometimes severe bruising of a bone. Stress Fractures are common in the 2nd & 3rd metatarsal bones in the foot.


A Neuroma is a thickening of nerve tissue which 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. Due to a variety 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 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.

Many More...

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 diagnosis.

Contact Us Today

Flexible appointments. Online Video Consultations.

0044 (0) 1392 259101


39 Northernhay St, Exeter, EX4 3ER