Musculoskeletal Assessment

A painful foot, ankle or leg can be very debilitating, and can become a chronic issue.

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. At Zest Podiatry & Physio we are trained in assessing the joints in the lower limb through our knowledge of biomechanics. We can offer a full musculoskeletal treatment plan using our knowledge alongside in-house diagnostic techniques and equipment.

Common MSK conditions we treat include:

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 where we assess how you walk, which can be assisted by video gait analysis technology. We will use this information alongside the clinical information. Clinical information is collected during the consultation and couch, standing assessments to build a treatment plan.

Zest Podiatry & Physio is one of only a few clinics in the UK who are able to offer an additional treatment option of the Run3D gait analysis. Run3D was developed in Oxford and is a state-of-the-art system that scientifically analyses the way you walk or run using 3D motion cameras and sensors (Run3D external site).

The mixture of clinical and Run3D examinations are to aid diagnosis, and then advise on treatment options.

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. Interested in becoming a podiatrist.

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)
Run3D Gait Analysis

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