Your foot is an extraordinarily complex mechanism. There are 26 bones in each foot, held in position by ligaments, tendons and muscles. These are all arranged to create several dynamic arches which support the weight of your body, absorb shock forces and provide leverage while walking. These arches yield when the foot hits the ground. Various joints shift and rotate in a carefully timed sequence. As you begin another step, the arches spring back and the joints lock to help push your foot off the ground. We make these incredibly complex movements a staggering 4,000 to 10,000 times a day over an almost unlimited variety of surfaces and terrains, each demanding a different series of foot motions. The total force on the feet accumulated every day is well over one million pounds for the average adult! Your feet act as an amazingly versatile and complex set of shock absorbers which protect your body with every step.
Obviously if this fine balance is disrupted in any way this can lead to a variety of problems including:
- Plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendonitis
- Adult acquired flat foot (Posterior tibial tendon dysfunction)
- Hallux Valgus/Bunions
- Clawed/Hammer toes
- Nerve impingements including: plantar digital neuritis(Morton’s neuroma)
- Hard skin and corns
- Shin pain
- Knee pain
- Hip pain
- Lower back pain
It is therefore vitally important that if you are experiencing any of these symptoms then a full assessment is carried out.
The Podiatry Centre West Wickham has the latest technology including both an in-shoe system as well as a pressure plate. The analysis of the results used in combination with the full assessment of the structures in the leg and foot will lead to the formulation of an individual treatment plan for the patient.
To talk to our qualified Podiatrist about our Nail Reconstruction treatment, please give us a call on 0208 776 0343 or fill out a the form on the ‘contact us page’ and we will get back to you shortly.