Frequently Treated Condition
A bunion, also known as hallux abducto valgus, is an osteo-arthritic condition usually affecting the big toe (can also affect the small toe - called a bunionette). It is generally caused by instability in the joint, which may be due to foot type, a short 1st metatarsal bone, incorrect shoes, arthritis or genetics. The body tries to increase stability by laying down bone, though it is not uniform and thus creates the arthritic changes within the joint. It can cause painful swelling and make it difficult to wear some shoes.
Treatment of bunions are many and varied but it is always worth trying a conservative treatment plan before resorting to surgery as much of the pain often comes from the inflammation and tightness in the muscles rather than the bony changes. Myofascial therapy, low level laser therapy and orthotics can all be helpful at reducing symptoms and improving quality of life.
This is a very common condition characterised by inflammation of a tendon on the base of the foot which creates pain in the heel, especially first thing in the morning. This can be very debilitating, but is actually very easy to treat. Myofascial therapy, low level laser therapy, strapping and orthotics can all be very effective at treating heel pain.
People who suffer from shin splints generally have pain in the front and inside of their shins that is made worse with exercise and activity. It is very important when treating shin splints to look at supporting the foot without putting anything too rigid into the shoe as this can exacerbate the pain. If not treated, this can lead to compartment syndrome which requires surgical intervention.
Achy feet is a condition that some people explain as a normal part of life but this is incorrect. Achiness in the muscles of the feet comes from overuse of the muscles and scar tissue formation. Myofascial therapy and low level laser therapy are very effective in the treatment of this condition.
This condition is an inflammatory condition involving the achilles tendon at the back of the heel. Often associated with “too much, too soon” training regimes, it is made worse with hill training, jumping and sprinting. Treatment of the calf muscle as well as the foot movement is necessary for pain relief.
OSTEOARTHRITIS OF THE KNEE/HIP/LOWER BACK
Osteoarthritis of the lower limb is often due to joint imbalance which means the joints move in the wrong plane and thus cause friction against the articular surfaces of the joints. This leads to uneven wear and tear/osteoarthritis and makes walking/standing etc difficult. As well as myofascial therapy around the area, altering the position of the feet is imperative to improving the symptoms of osteoarthritis.