hannah rycroft - podiatry background feet
hannah rycroft - podiatry background feet


Podiatry is a constantly evolving profession. The extensive training given over the 3-year degree course, and the continuing education after graduation, enables Podiatrists to treat a vast array of foot and lower limb problems.

Biomechanics and Orthotics

A common area of practice within Podiatry, biomechanics deals with problems arising from the way your joints are aligned and your muscles function. It is well recognised that a person's abnormal gait can be the cause of recurrent postural problems which commonly include back, hip, knee, ankle and foot pain.

Symptoms may relate to leg length differences or high/low arched feet. Other signs include excessive or increased wear on the heels or soles of shoes, calf/foot muscle cramps, weak ankles and toe deformities. These may be the body's way of compensating for misalignment or as a result of injury. However it does not follow that this compensation is normal or acceptable, nor should you feel or believe that nothing can be done.

Early recognition of abnormal foot and lower limb biomechanics can often avoid injury and should always be considered for the prevention of injury.

If any further investigations such as X-rays, scans or tests are required then these will also be discussed.