Specialist Treatment for Knees, Ankles, or Feet
The knee joint is the articulation between 2 long bones, the femur and the tibia. The knee joints stability is attained through intact passive constraints (ligaments, joint capsule, menisci) and strong dynamic structures (the muscles). When one or more of these constraints/ structures is compromised, this can manifest as pain, instability and dysfunction.
Ankle pain is common in high intensity sports and sports where the ankle is over used such as basket ball and AFL. Assessment of foot and lower limb biomechanics and discrepancies in muscle strength and length is important. The physiotherapist will adopt a holistic approach to treatment. This may include manual therapy, orthotics, education, activity modification and an exercise program aimed at restoring muscle imbalances. Physiotherapy can also play a major role in restoring full range of motion and strength in the ankle following surgery.
The foot is a complex structure providing the body with support, mobility and balance. Structurally the foot is divided into three regions, the hindfoot, midfoot and forefoot. Foot pain is most common in sports where the foot is placed under large amounts of pressure such as ballet. Treatment may consist of a biomechanical correction with customised orthotics, advice regarding appropriate footwear and biomechanical assessment to identify factors which may be contributing to the condition. When severe injury occurs, surgery may be the only option.