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The function of the foot is to support a person’s body weight and act as a lever to propel the body forwards during walking and running. It is this motion which sometimes leads to conditions from, but not limited to, weight bearing activities.
The condition diagnosed will dictate the treatment available to you, which is why a professional diagnosis is essential to that you can begin your treatment straight away, whether that is rest, physiotherapy, the use of an orthosis, surgery or a combination of some or all of them.
Drop Foot - Drop foot is the inability to lift the ankle and toes upwards when walking. This is caused by weakness or nerve damage to the muscles in the front of the leg which creates the upwards movement of the foot. Drop foot may be a temporary condition caused by injury or nerve damage; or it may be caused by a neurological condition and can be lifelong.
Heel Pain - Heel pain is a very generic term and can cover a multitude of conditions including plantar fasciitis, stress fractures and bursitis and highlights the importance of a professional diagnosis since treatment methods will differ from condition to condition and patient to patient.
Plantar Fasciitis - The plantar fascia is effectively a shock absorber for the foot, tough bundle of tissue which resides at the bottom of the foot and is stretched every time we walk. When this tissue becomes inflamed following overuse it is known as plantar fasciitis and can be quite painful and have an impact on walking.
Diagnosis is essential in being able to determine an effective treatment programme and whilst the majority of cases can be diagnosed following an examination by a doctor it may require an x-ray to clarify.