All new patients have a 30 minute consultation which includes:
- A detailed history of your presenting problem, previous treatments, current symptoms and relevant medical history
- Examination of the presenting problem to provide a preliminary diagnosis
- Evaluation of your underlying foot and leg function to determine any contributing problems
- Advice on self-help and treatments / interventions
- Referral for detailed gait analysis where appropriate
- Referral for any necessary investigations
- Advice on the further treatment options and the time to recovery
- A detailed written report of the consultation with copies to you, your GP and any other healthcare professional involved in your care.
Should you have a complicated problem or require a detailed biomechanical / gait assessment, then we would recommend you schedule a gait analysis appointment at the same time (see below). This is particularly beneficial if you are travelling a long way or need to implement a treatment plan quickly. However, we do not advise a gait analysis if you are in significant pain as this will effect the assessment.
Please contact us for an appointment or further information.
What to wear to the consultation
We often need to assess knee and hip function, so clothes that allow easy access are preferable (e.g. shorts etc.). If your shoe style varies, please bring a selection of shoes so that these can be assessed.
Sports patients should bring their sports shoes. We sometimes use specialist insoles that enable us to analyse the forces underneath the feet during walking. These insoles are placed in your shoes and linked to the computer. It is therefore preferable that you bring your most commonly worn shoe and try to avoid ankle boots or sandals.
Assessment & Treatment
In addition to standard assessment techniques, we utilise video and computerised gait analysis with treatment including advice, exercises, mobilisation techniques, footwear advice and provision, simple shoe inserts, custom made shoe inserts and foot surgery. It is therefore difficult to determine the most appropriate options and length of treatment for your case until you have been assessed. However, it is our intention to provide you with an effective, evidenced based treatment plan that enables you to return to normal activity with the minimum of intervention.