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Ankle and Foot

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“A complex area but if approached in the right way can be sorted”

General Overview

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The foot and ankle area is a complex part of the body. It is responsible for the propulsion, balance, and support of the body’s weight during many diverse activities, such as standing, walking, running, jumping and twisting.

The ankle is a large joint made up of three bones. The tibia (shin bone), the fibula (the thin bone next to the tibia) and the talus bone which is in the foot and sits above the heel bone (calcaneous)

The ankle joint allows up-and-down movement of the foot. Below the ankle sits the subtalar joint which allows side-to-side movements.

There are numerous ligaments surrounding the ankle and subtalar joints, strengthening and binding the bones of the leg to each other and to those of the foot.

The foot is an incredible structure comprising 26 different bones, 33 joints and many muscles, ligaments and nerves. It has to support our full body weight and accommodate the stresses and strains of everyday life, uneven surfaces and sporting activities. It has to be able to perform as a shock absorber to accommodate impact forces but also to act as a lever for propulsion.

Ankle and Foot Conditions that we treat

  • Ligament sprains/’twisted ankles’
  • Muscle strains
  • High ankle/syndesmosis sprains)
  • Achilles tendinopathy/tendinitis)
  • Dislocations
  • Arthritis
  • Sever’s Disease
  • Plantarfasciitiss
  • Following fractures: tibia, fibula, calcaneous, talus
  • Post surgery

This list is not exhaustive; please ring the clinic if you have any queries about other conditions or injuries.

Your condition will be thoroughly assessed by your physiotherapist, who will explain their findings and discuss the proposed treatment plan with you for your agreement.

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