Musculoskeletal Disorders

Musculoskeletal Disorders

When you are in pain and your every day life is being effected, there is hope!

Foot and ankle pain effects 20% of adults – foot pain can be miserable, disabling you from daily life, impairing your well being and your general health. No age is off limits to foot, ankle and lower limb pain.

Having a musculoskeletal disorder can be a barrier to being productive and being able to work. For the individual, the pain and disability of poor musculoskeletal health can limit independence and reduce participation in social and working life, which may then have an impact on self-esteem, further affecting your mental health.

Musculoskeletal disorders affect bones, joints and muscles and includes pain syndromes and rarer conditions of the immune system. Musculoskeletal conditions can be secondary to more complex conditions and can range from acute symptoms (such as aches and pains in joints and soft tissues) to more chronic conditions (such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis).

Musculoskeletal problems are more frequent with:

  • An ageing population
  • Increasing levels of obesity
  • Lack of daily exercise

Musculoskeletal disorders, in isolation or as part of a systemic health condition, affect a large section of the UK population. Older people are especially at risk of developing musculoskeletal complications, but they can affect people of any age, from all walks of life, who have differing levels of physical activity. Musculoskeletal disorders can have an impact on your general well being and state of mind.

With the ever increasing elderly population, the risk of falls is increasing and research shows that podiatric management of the foot and ankle can reduce falls by 62%. A podiatrist can help maintain mobility and independence with the management of the foot and ankle with advice and treatment.

It is imperative to seek the correct assessment, diagnoses, treatment and rehabilitation advice, and a podiatrist is highly skilled to offer this level of expertise – they will assess, diagnose, and offer ongoing treatment for the foot, ankle and lower limb.

Our podiatrists can help prevent unnecessary surgical procedures and abnormalities of the feet, ankle and lower limbs, helping to manage foot pain for a healthier life style.

Here are a few of the conditions our podiatrists treat and some of the treatments on offer:

  • Biomechanical assessment and orthotic prescription
  • Sport related injuries for foot and leg pain
  • Heel pain (Plantar fasciitis)
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis of the lower limbs
  • Bunions (Hallux Valgus)
  • Fascial manipulation – a manual therapy designed to release tension in soft tissue
  • Steroid injections
  • Shockwave therapy

When a diagnosis is made, it can be a single treatment or a series of treatments depending on the diagnosis. Treatment may include exercises, advice on footwear, orthotic devices, fascial manipulation, and other interventions such as shockwave and steroid injections. Early intervention of treatment is key to a healthy rehabilitation and help avoid long term pain, which can lead to loss of mobility, and keeping healthy.

A visit to our clinic would involve an initial assessment, a one hour long appointment, that will include treatment and advice and a if necessary on going treatment for rehabilitation. Our highly skilled podiatrists are here to help improve your quality of life, offer valuable advise that will keep you mobile and have an increased ability to maintain a healthy life style.

All our Podiatrists are HCPC (Health Care Professions Council) registered, with a wide range of skills and a combined wealth of experience in private practice, industry and the NHS.