We aim to provide the highest standard of Lower Limb Musculo Skeletal podiatry care in York and North Yorkshire. Using up to date evidence based techniques wherever possible. Treatment may be in the form of exercise programs, advice on training regimens, manipulations, mobilisations, alterations to shoes, therapeutic injections and foot orthoses. When necessary, a multidisciplinary approach is adopted. This may include referral and discussion with General Practitioners, Orthopedic surgeons, Physiotherapists, Chiropractors and Osteopaths.
Both Podiatrists at Podiatry Clinics (York) Ltd have had over 18 years experience working in the field of musculoskeletal podiatry both in private practice and with in the National health service. Lee and Simon currently divide their time between their extended scope practitioner Musculoskeletal Podiatry roles with in the National Health Service and Podiatry Clinics (York) Ltd within York and Wetherby. Lee was one of the first 20 people in the country to possess an MSc Masters degree in clinical podiatric biomechanics the first course of it’s kind leading to a specific qualification in biomechanics for podiatrists. Simon holds a postgraduate diploma in clinical podiatric biomechanics and hopes to receive his MSc this year.
Our Podiatry Services include Biomechanics, Foot Orthotics (orthoses) and Gait Analysis.
The foot is unique in the body due to its position and function. Although most people believe that each foot only takes half your body weight during walking in fact the true figure is about one and half times body weight. In the course of a normal day a person might take between 8 – 12,000 steps. This means that any inefficiency in foot function is multiplied many times over. This is the basis for many foot and lower limb problems. A careful biomechanical examination attempts to pick out these minor imbalances and seeks to correct them by mechanical means. Foot orthoses work by increasing the efficiency with which the foot functions. This altered function can affect the whole lower limb, pelvis and back thus improving the body’s general posture and ability to function.
Gait Analysis is an invaluable tool in the accurate diagnosis of chronic lower limb injuries. In the field of sports injuries especially, this technique is of particular use. The abnormal and/or excessive movement that occurs during some sporting activities can produce high stresses within the joints and on soft tissue structures, resulting in the symptoms of injury. Patients often have symptoms that only appear during or immediately after their chosen sport. Only by very carefully observing the patient’s movement can an accurate diagnosis be achieved. The subsequent corrective treatment is thus more precise and focused.
Foot Orthotics have transformed the treatment of many foot and lower limb problems. Developed over many decades the modern orthoses is a highly developed piece of engineering. In order to obtain the correct prescription a full biomechanical examination is required. The examination allows the podiatrist to exam each joint of the foot and lower limb and pelvis to assess how they interact. Due to the unique way in which we practice at Podiatry Clinics (York) Ltd many of our patients are provided with an orthotic device and rehabilitation exercises at there first appointment. This in turn can lead to earlier and return to work, sport and exercise. In many instances this approach is more cost effective due to fewer appointments needed through out the course of treatment.