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Our Osteopath healthcare practitioners have experience treating ankle and foot pain 

Ankle and foot pain can be caused by overuse and repetitive injuries, a sporting or other injury, or a chronic condition such as arthritis. It could also be the result of a problem elsewhere in the body which is causing makes you put more pressure on the feet. Patients may say they have Plantar Fascia pain or heel spur pain or dropped arches. We assess what is the major issue in your case.

We will assess your hip, knee and ankle mechanics and posture and determine the underlying cause of your ankle and foot pain. We use a variety of treatments including joint manipulation and soft tissue work.  We may suggest orthotic shoe insoles to cushion and support you. Often we advise on what choice of footwear would suit your needs best.

We also offer diagnostic appointments via online video consultations, offering a quick and easy way to obtain a professional diagnosis.

Ankle Strain

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Pre/Post Joint Replacement Surgery

The decision of when or to have joint replacement surgery is always a difficult one, taking into account the inconvenience of a serious surgical procedure against how much pain the individual is experiencing and how it affects their quality of life.


Before your Surgery

Many people find that non-invasive treatments can help alleviate some of their symptoms. This helps the patient understand to what degree their condition is manageable and, with the aid of their surgeon, make an informed decision about whether and when joint replacement surgery would be the best option.

Pain and stiffness can lead to less use of the joint and becoming generally less active, having negative effects on general health. Adapting the way you walk or stand to compensate for the painful joint can also cause problems elsewhere in the body. Keeping mobile is key to minimising the deterioration of the joint, and this is where osteopathic treatment might be particularly appropriate.

Treatment and exercises to release the muscles supporting the hip, knee and ankle joints can provide more power, less fatigue, more flexibility and better function.


After your Surgery

Once surgery has occurred there will be a period of rehabilitation. The change to the new joint can cause the body to react with increased stiffness. Pain and limited mobility will often persist even though swelling within the joint is no longer the issue.

  • We would expect to see patients on 3-4 occasions once healing has occurred (six weeks after surgery) and then on a weekly basis with exercises and self-help advice between sessions.
  • Pre-surgery cases we would aim to see on 2 or 3 occasions in the initial stage and then once every 4-8 weeks to help alleviate symptoms and dysfunction.
What causes ankle and foot pain?

There are many causes for ankle and foot pain, including a sporting or other injury, overuse, or a chronic condition such as arthritis. Sometimes cramp and deep stiffness are the cause due to poor walking gait

How we treat ankle and foot pain

We begin by assessing your hip, knee and foot mechanics and determining the root cause of your ankle or foot pain. We use a variety of osteopathic techniques depending on your problem, and may also prescribe orthotic insoles to give your feet correct support.

Ankle and foot pain specialists

Our Osteopaths are skilled in distinguishing the root causes of foot and ankle pain. By taking a broad approach we gain insights into why the pain has not resolved and is a recurrent problem in many people

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