Your Podiatry Appointment - What to Expect:
For Podiatry Biomechanical assessment and orthotic enquiries please dial 0115 9820100.
When you arrive for your initial assessment we will ask you to complete a medical history form, this will also ensure we have the correct contact details for you.
Due to the Covid-19 outbreak your consent for treatment under the new protocols will also be sought.
The clinician will discuss your medical history and ask you for a verbal as well as written consent to examination and treatment.
The clinician will then carry out a thorough examination of both lower limbs including palpation of ligaments and tendons, measurement of legs and Pelvic equilibrium.
Gait analysis is assessed using sophisticated software and pressure plate technology.
Lifestyle, footwear, general activity, historical injury and activity history are all taken into consideration.
Based on the outcome of the assessment, a treatment regime will be planned, customised to your particular pathology and condition. This may include; stretching, strengthenning, footwear review, orthotic intervention or referral for a multi-disciplined approach to your pertinent requirements.
Our customised orthoses are made on site and will usually be fitted following an assessment at a follow on appointment. In some cases orthoses have been recommended by referral from another medical practitioner and a longer appointment will be pre made for a fitting. In this case please bring an array of footwear in order to fit across as much as your footwear as possible.
Our Biomechanical assessments last for 45 minutes to a hour and our custom orthotic fittings are between 1 - 1.5 hours.
Any future appointments or follow up appointments are made by your preferred method of contact.
Do's and Don'ts before attending your appointment:
- Do bring a list of any medications you are currently taking, allergies you may have, operations you have had in the past. Knowing all your medications and medical history is important in order for us to understand your overall health
- Do make a note of your condition for example when it started? is it painful? what makes it worse?
- Do bring any recent x-rays or scans related to the condition if you have copies
- Do bring insoles and the footwear you wear them in
- Do be proactive especially if you are diabetic, do not wait for a condition to worsen
- Don't be afraid to ask questions - we are here to help and advise
You will need to bring your daily and any priority footwear with you. For example, training shoes, hiking boots.
During this appointment your gait, range of motion and tensile strength will be assessed. Leg length will be measured to check for any discrepancy and the effect on internal and external rotation to the lower limb will be considered.
Advice on stretching and strengthening as a part of your treatment regime is given along with a footwear review.
Should you require them, a plan of your foot orthoses (insoles) would be made available, based on the findings.
The orthoses are made on the premises in our lab and workshop, this is very beneficial should adjustments need to be made at the time of fitting and afterwards. We would usually re-assess every 18 months during which time any changes to the prescriptions are made and any maintenance to the orthoses is carried out.
Up to an hour must is allowed for the Bio Mechanical Assessment appointment.
If you go on to have bespoke orthotic insoles made, an accurate costing will be given during the Bio Mechanical Assessment.