What is an MSk (musculoskeletal) Podiatist?
An MSk Podiatrist is someone who examines the foot, ankle and lower limb and interactions with external forces such as ground contact. Following a thorough examination they can then identify how the body may be compensating to excessive mechanical forces and the specific foot/leg structures that may be in discomfort from this.
How can an MSk Podiatrist help?
Dependent on the diagnosis of your problem there are a number of options the Podiatrist can use to treat you. The primary treatment that may be advised is the use of Orthoses that can be used inside suitable footwear. The role of Orthoses is to help realign the foot to offload affected structures that may be causing you pain. The Podiatrist will also consider using strengthening and stretching exercises to help rehabilitee muscular structures to improve their efficiency and your overall function. Certain conditions diagnosed may also benefit from steroid injection therapy as a complimentary treatment but before this is considered the Podiatrist will always exhaust all other treatment options.
What conditions can an MSk Podiatrist treat?
There are many conditions that an MSk Podiatrist can help with but here is a short list below that may help.
Hypermobililty | Fibromylagia | Rheumatoid Arthrtis | Osteoarthritis | Child/adult flat foot | Hypermobility | Running pain
Plantar fasciitis | Knee pain | Back pain | Ankle pain | Post tibial tendon dysfunction | Peroneal tendonitis | Achilles tendonitis
Severs disease | Mortans neuroma | Metarsalgia. | Oshgood Schalters.