As with all physiotherapy interventions accurate assessment is the key to a successful outcome. While you present with a pain in your foot in most cases, the cause lies further up the biomechanical chain. The therapist will assess your lumbar spine, hips, knees, ankles and feet. He/she will assess muscle length and strength. For example weak muscles on the outside of your hip can cause excessive loading of the inside of your knee resulting in a change in your arch profile. Tight calf muscles will alter the pull on your heel bone often causing the mid-foot and toes to adapt to the new tensions being placed on them. Following your assessment the therapist will put together a comprehensive strengthening and flexibility programme. Biomechanical problems by their very nature present with some chronic changes in tissues, therefore your programme will consist of a series of exercises which will need to be progressed and adapted over a period of time.
At Ballsbridge Physiotherapy Clinic we have a unique perspective on the management of these problems. Aileen MaGuire is an experienced orthotic prescriber while David Richards is a clinical specialist physiotherapist with extensive experience in assessment of running form. This combined approach allows us to provide excellent management of these lower limb problems.
To find out more about the services that Ballsbridge Physiotherapy can provide please contact us.