Podiatry is the analysis, diagnosis and treatment of foot disorders.
- Podiatry deals with pain and injuries related to altered biomechanical function in the lower limbs and feet.
- A podiatry assessment at Newcastle Sports Injury Clinic involves the assessment of how your feet and lower limb work including the hip, knee and pelvis. The assessment focuses on the movement of the joints in the foot, foot posture and how this can affect the lower limb, including the knee and hip. The Podiatrist is able to identify if a patient’s injury is caused by poor structural alignment or function by assessing a patient’s biomechanical structure, using a range of techniques, including gait analysis.
- Our Podiatrists can also advise on insoles/orthotics, footwear advice and modification, padding and taping, stretching and strengthening advice and running techniques.
Conditions assessed often include:
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Heel Pain
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Forefoot pain
- Knee pain
- Tendon, Muscle and ligament overuse injuries
- Hip and back pain
- Patella femoral Syndrome
- Shin splints
- Leg lengh discrepancy
- Ilio Tibial Band Syndrome
- Hallux Limitus (big toe pain/discomfort)
Following the assessment, you may be given advice regarding stretching and strengthening, footwear and targeted treatment. Often we will prescribe foot orthoses (insoles) as a temporary or long term treatment.