It’s all about MSK

MSK (Musculoskeletal) is the diagnosis and treatment of problems arising from the musculoskeletal system. This includes injuries and diseases affecting the muscles, bones and joints of the limbs and spine. Traditionally linked with biomechanics the MSK podiatrist is the “go-to” person for functional pain in the foot and ankle.

What is an MSK Podiatrist?

This is sometimes referred to as a Biomechanical Podiatrist and the two terms are often used interchangeably, so what is biomechanics? Biomechanics in its broadest sense is the application of mechanical principles to biological systems. Within the foot and lower leg the application of mechanical principles is vital in addressing pain within the musculoskeletal system.

At Zest we are trained in assessing the joints in the lower limb through our knowledge of biomechanics. By using this knowledge alongside our in-house diagnostic techniques, equipment we can offer a full musculoskeletal treatment plan.

Common MSK conditions we treat include:

  • plantar fasciitis
  • morton’s neuroma
  • achilles tendonopathy/tendonitis
  • other tendonopathy/tendonitis
  • osteoarthritis
  • painful flat feet
  • heel pain
  • joint pain
  • bursitis
  • big toe pain
  • ankle pain

What does an MSK assessment look like?

Assessment is a combination of assessing clients on the couch, standing on the floor and observing walking (gait analysis). Gait analysis is often assisted by video gait analysis technology, in clinic we use Run3D (external site of Run3D.co.uk).

The mixture of clinical examinations and ultrasound imaging are to aid diagnosis, and then advise on treatment options.

What are the treatment options?

A combination of MSK treatments can include:

  • footwear advice
  • exercise therapy
  • orthoses/insoles
  • taping
  • focus rehabilitation
  • injection therapy (including steroid injection)

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