PAIN IN THE LEG AND/OR ANKLE
Lower Limb Pains
People often don’t realise that Podiatrists are lower limb specialists, not just foot experts. We treat hip, knee and ankle pain and in turn these can be linked to back pain.
As the song tells us, our bones are all connected, this means that muscles, ligaments and tendons are all linked and many times a hip problem on the right can cause a knee problem on the left or a flat foot on one side can cause an ankle problem on the other. As we walk the body’s aim to maintain its centre of gravity can cause compensatory mechanisms for injuries or physical asymmetry.
These problems can occur as a result of overuse, arthritis, poor footwear or repetitive strain injury. They may be caused by congenital conditions such as a leg length difference or scoliosis or acquired conditions such as hip operations or fractures.
A biomechanical assessment at Stride Clinic will delve into the history of your condition, previous treatments and current issues to draw together a treatment plan to keep you active and as pain free as possible.
Vascular disease is relatively common in the lower limb and podiatrists are trained to carry out vascular assessments called an ABPI (Ankle Brachial Pressure Index). An ankle brachial pressure index is a test which measures the arterial circulation (blood vessels that carry blood away from your heart) in your legs.
It will provide your doctor with information about how your leg arteries are functioning when you are at rest.
During the assessment you will be asked to remove your shoes and socks and lie flat on the plinth. After 10 minutes we will measure the blood pressure in both your feet and arms using a blood pressure cuff and small machine called a Doppler. The test will take approximately 10 – 15 minutes.
Once the assessment is complete, we will discuss the results with you, and we will then write a report to your GP who will determine if you require any further treatment. If you haven’t been to us before you will need an Initial Consultation [click here to book].
Neuropathy of the lower limb can have many causes and can present in different ways. It is important to have your lower limb neurology assessed annually if you have a condition that is causing neuropathy. Complications that can arise from loss of sensation in the leg and foot can include proprioception problems (this refers to the messages passed from the foot to the brain and back again), pain, restless legs and ulceration due to wounds going unnoticed.
During your annual assessment as series of tests to challenge the different types of nerve endings in the foot will be carried out and a report written up, a copy of which will be sent to your GP to assist in your treatment.
This information will be kept on file to monitor the progress of any neuropathy present. If you haven’t been to us before you will need an Initial Consultation [click here to book].