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Podiatry – Foot & Ankle Assessment & Treatment

Paul Donnelly is now a permanent member of the team, offering biomechanical assessment of foot and ankle problems, and digital gait assessment using the latest in Gaitscan™ technology.

Paul has a particular interest in running, and can make specific recommendations about footwear, as well as providing fully customised orthotics where required.

What is Podiatry?

Podiatry is the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and disorders of the feet and lower limb. Podiatrists work to improve the mobility, independence and quality of life for their patients by providing preventative care, diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of problems affecting the feet, ankles and lower limbs.

Differences between Podiatry and Chiropody:-

Podiatry separates the function from the aesthetics of the foot (nails and skin lesions). Principally looking at how the foot works, our aim being in understand how movement from the foot affects the knees, hips and pelvis to attempt to address issues in these joints.

 Common complaints:-

  •  All foot pain including heel, forefoot and toe pain.
  •  Ankle, knee, hip and lower back pain.
  • Paediatric foot development
  •  Footwear advice
  •  Arthritic foot pain
  •  Sports injuries
  •  Gait and walking problems

We can help relieve pain, reduce or avoid the need for optional medication, improve quality of life if you have a chronic disorder, or return you to your usual work, sport or leisure activities after sustaining injury.

 How does it work?

Your first visit is likely to last about 45mins.

During this time your podiatrist will thoroughly assess your condition. As pain in one area of the body can sometimes be due to problems in other areas, the physical assessment will run from hip to toe and you will also be asked lots of questions about your health and lifestyle. We will look at your walking and sometimes running over our state-of-the-art digital Footscan plate to determine ‘the cause’ of your problem. Based on their findings your podiatrist may then suggest:-

  • Graded exercises to address muscle tone imbalances
  • Education and advice about footwear and your injury and how to prevent it recurring
  • Orthotic intervention to address differences in arch heights and leg lengths.
  • Specific exercise programmes for return to sport or work.

Any one of a variety of techniques aimed at returning you to your pre-injury state, or even better. They will also be able to give you some idea of how long it is going to take to clear things up and how to prevent recurrence.

Can we help?

For more details on any of our services, or to book an appointment, please drop in or call us on:

8 Cornard Road, Sudbury, Suffolk

CO10 2XA

Tel: 01787 378 178