Gait & Posture Assessment
Our assessment of your standing, walking & running is based around the philosophy that there are ideal parameters for 'normal.'
We look for dysfunctions from the norm & asymmetrical patterns of standing and moving, all the time recognising that everyone is subtly different.
Before this can be achieved we conduct a biomechanical assessment as outlined below:
Clinical podiatric biomechanics is the study of how mechanical forces affect human tissues throughout stance & gait.
My 'biomechanical' assessments are really orthopaedic tests of joint and bone positions & movements, as well as muscle testing for length and strength in the lower-limb.
Biomechanics involves assessing the forces affecting the lower-limb from the ground up, as well as the internal forces of tensegrity within the musculoskeletal system from the core down.
I also look at proprioceptive neural feedback and how it affects balance and movements.
I've specialised in treating muscle, tendon, bone & joint problems for over 20 years, having done may post-graduate courses over the last 27 years.
My treatment is focussed on helping to rehabilitate the patient to return to optimal function wherever possible.
I use a combination of stretching & strengthening exercises, mobilisation & manipulation of joints and soft tissues, taping, Low Level Laser Therapy, proprioceptive feedback retraining, and insoles & orthotics. As well as recommending massage therapy as a helpful adjunctive treatment where appropriate.
Insole & Orthotic Prescription
I often prescribe foot orthotics (orthoses) or insoles as part of a treatment programme to help reduce the tissue stress which is causing pain, change gait patterns, alter centres of mass & improve postural alignment.
Wherever possible I use foot orthotics on a temporary basis whilst recommending exercises etc. as part of a rehabilitation programme. Sometimes orthotics are needed indefinitely.
Though using a variety of different types of orthotics, I prefer to use customisable orthotics which I adjust in our workshop onsite whilst you wait. Occasionally I use custom made orthotics which we send away to an Orthotics Laboratory.
Low Level Laser Therapy
LLLT (Low Level Laser Therapy) is the application of red and near infra-red light over injuries or lesions to improve wound and soft tissue healing, reduce inflammation and give relief for both acute and chronic pain. First developed in 1967, it is now commonly referred to as LLLT.
LLLT is used to: increase the speed, quality and tensile strength of tissue repair; resolve inflammation and relieve pain (analgesia).
Sports Injury Treatment
Many sports injuries can be helped by assessing, then adjusting gait & posture with musculoskeletal podiatry techniques. This is especially effective for treating chronic or repetitive injuries.
Over the years I have treated many sports injuries suffered in a variety of different sports, but mainly runners.
I've treated Penzance Pirates Rugby team, Leeds Rhinos Rugby League, Yorkshire County Cricket team, York City and Truro City Football team members, as well as some national fencing team members, and many others.
Ingrown Toenail Surgery
The pain of an ingrown toenail can be almost unbearable. Which is why we won't make you wait weeks or months for effective treatment.
If routine chiropodial treatment is ineffective then we can carry out a virtually painless partial nail removal under local anaesthetic. The phenol ablation technique we use has a 98% success rate with excellent aesthetic appearance on healing.
There really is no need to have your entire nail removed to have painfree, good-looking nails.