Every day our ankles and feet experience the pressure that comes from bearing our full body weight. The incredible demand we put on them is often more than they can endure. Are you having problems with prolonged standing, walking or running? Do you have bunions? Have you sustained an ankle sprain or fracture?
The foot is a very complex structure. There 26 bones in our feet, 1/4 of all the bones in the human body, plus there are an additional 33 joints, 107 ligaments and 19 muscles. Considering this complexity, it is little wonder that our feet get out of alignment because of overuse or injuries, or just the ordinary wear and tear of constant use.
Assessment during physiotherapy involves a detailed gait assessment, and an examination of the joints, muscles, and ligaments of the ankles and feet. I also examine their impact on core stability, as well as their relation to related hip and knee issues. Treatments can include stretches, strengthening exercises, muscle balancing, manual therapy and training to regain proper posture and gait.