Our foot and ankle specialists work with anyone who struggles with pain as a result of surgery, poor foot biomechanics, metatarsalgia, “flat feet”, bunions, arthritis or tendinopathies (including achilles and posterior tibialis).
Foot and ankle problems are often related to other issues in the back, hip, knee or even the spine – so we’ll always assess those areas too. We’ll then put together a personalised treatment programme for you, taking into account your lifestyle and time constraints to make sure it’s both realistic and achievable.
Meet our specialists
Sarah gained a postgraduate qualification in Sport Medicine in 1997. A seasoned triathlete and kitesurfer herself, she specialises in lower limb injuries, back pain, and cycling and running-related injuries.
She developed a particular interest in foot and ankle treatments after injuring her foot two years ago – an injury that required three injections followed by surgery to get her back into sports.
Stuart’s interest in treating the foot and ankle stems partly from his time working as a sports therapist with professional tennis and football players.
The other influence was his experience working with the specialist podiatrist John Guthrie; together they tried to improve biomechanical weaknesses and functional foot dysfunctions in order to improve gait and sporting performance.
Alex's interest in the foot and ankle comes predominantly from his time spent in professional sport, working as a physiotherapist for both Crystal Palace FC and for GB tennis player James Ward.
He's also had several basketball-related ankle injuries himself.
WHAT WE TREAT
We treat a variety of foot and ankle conditions, including the following:
Lateral ligament injury, e.g. sprained ankle
Post-operative tendon repair, e.g. brostrom repair
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM YOUR FIRST APPOINTMENT
When you first arrive at Physio Remedies (and after you’ve filled out a few tedious forms!), we’ll usually have a one-hour session with you, broken down as follows:
+ 1: Full assessment of your issues
Your therapist will ask you questions about what’s happened, what hurts, what treatment you’ve had to date, past injuries/medical conditions, your general fitness, and so on.
+ 2: Physical examination
Your therapist will look at the area of pain, but also the body as a whole: your current pain could, for example, be the result of an injury from years ago that’s now putting excessive pressure elsewhere.
+ 3: Treatment and next steps
Once your therapist has a good overview of what’s wrong, they may be able to provide you with some treatment there and then to ease your pain and make you feel more comfortable. They’ll also sit down and discuss their findings and next steps with you.
These next steps may involve regular physiotherapy, exercises for you to do at home, massage (our massage therapist [Cherie] does excellent post-op scar tissue work), and more. When you’re given exercises to do in your own time, we sometimes like to record them on your phone (with your permission, of course), so that you have something accurate to follow. Alternatively, we might give you links to exercise programmes created just for you.
Your therapist will never give you too many exercises – and they’ll always check that you’ll realistically be able to fit them into your days.
+ 4: And then?
What happens next depends on your specific condition and the treatment required. Your therapist will outline everything in detail during the first appointment, so that you know exactly what’s going to happen and how long your treatment may take.
HELPING YOU GET THE BEST TREATMENT
Sometimes, physiotherapy isn’t the answer – and we believe in referring our patients on quickly when they have problems that require a specialist opinion.
We have strong, direct links with foot and ankle specialists in central London, which means we can help you with a fast, efficient referral process to orthopaedic consultants, sports medicine doctors/consultants and podiatrists.
OUR PODIATRY SPECIALIST
The foot can affect our entire body and how we use it, and podiatry can offer us insights into our body “mechanics” and how we move. That’s why we think it’s so important to pay just as much attention to the foot as to the rest of the body – even if pain is felt elsewhere.
Our specialist podiatrist, Amanda Lau, can offer advice on footwear, orthoses, padding, strapping and muscle/joint imbalance to complement your sessions with your physiotherapist. She’s worked closely with Physio Remedies since 2013, and has helped us to treat and rehabilitate a number of patients from her clinic in Central London.