What We Do For
Comprising of 26 bones and 30 joints in total, giving each foot the ability to move in many directions makes the foot one of the most complex parts of the body. Taking the absorption of motional pressures of your body weight and physical activities can place an overload on your feet.
Like Newton’s third law of motion says, for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. This can place the foot in many vulnerable positions at times resulting in pain, inflammation, and injuries.
As like other parts of the human body, when pain and other negative symptoms arise it is purely the result of the foot functioning incorrectly.
Foot and Knee Problems
Corns & Callus
Corns and calluses put simply are areas of thickened skin in high pressure areas around the foot. High pressures can be from rubbing against your shoes or from the way your walking pattern places pressures on places that are unable to withstand the load for instance, places between your toes.
When the area of pressure is of a larger area the hyperkeratosis (skin thickening) is commonly known as callus. However when the pressure areas to the skin are more focal, a small rock like formation of skin is produced which is commonly referred to as a corn.
Commonly, Podiatrists will remove corns and calluses in clinic typically every 6-8 weeks, however, if the underlying pressures are not addressed and redirected for your foot to function optimally the corns and calluses will reoccur.
Heel Pain / Heel Spur
The heel takes most of the shock due to being the first structure to make ground contact. The heel is also an area that many muscular structures attach to, in particular the plantar fascia.
When the pressures exceed the amount the structures can handle, this results in micro tearing to the connective tissues and spurring occurs when the micro tears become calcified. The body’s response to these traumers are by causing inflammation, pain and sometimes swelling.
The main goal is to correct the biomechanical cause behind an excessive heel strike so the inflammed structures can heel without further irritation and excessive shock taken by every step.
We could get technical and call it Hallux Abducto Valgus, but this deformity would still be described as a bulge or partial dislocation of the big toe joint (known as the 1st metatarsophalangeal joint). The cause of this deformation can be of many, including genetics, footwear, biomechanical pressures and arthritis, being the more common causes.
The knee is a hinge joint, meaning it has fairly limited range of motion, Mainly flexion (when you bend your knee) and extention (when you straighten your leg).
There is also medial (inward twisting motion) and lateral (outward twisting) rotation but these ranges are far less and also where most of the damage is caused to the ligaments and structures inside the knee when rotation is excessive.
We can help support the stability of the knee by correcting the shock absorption by the feet which will directly reduce shock to the knees. Reducing wear and tear at any age.