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Neuromuscular Condition

Foot Conditions
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There is no perfect resting position for a foot and every foot is unique in its alignment. Most often the alignment of the foot gives rise to a number of aches and pains throughout the body, for example you may suffer sciatica, a mortons neuroma, plantar fasciitis, metatarsalgia,knee, hip and lower back ‘wear and tear’ or require bunion treatment....and many many more!!

Pronated Foot (Low Arch)
Appearance of the Over Pronated Foot

  • Inward tilt of the heel
  • Flattening of the arch of the foot

The majority of us over-pronate (or have ‘flat feet’) and often live symptom free as this is not always a bad thing, providing the foot is fully correctable. If the foot is not fully correctable you may suffer foot pain, knee pain, hip pain and lower back pain and develop conditions associated with the over-pronated foot. These conditions result in painful muscle strain, joint destruction and limited mobility. Pronated feet are often described as flat feet or a low arched foot. Foot Orthotics (arch supports) will restore alignment and muscle imbalance, preventing further irreversible changes and eliminate pains through-out the lower limb. In more extreme situations foot orthotics are not supportive enough on their own and ankle supports or leg supports may be required.

Pes Cavus (High Arch)
Pes Cavus is the term used to describe a Supinated Foot. This is the opposite movement to that of pronation.

Appearance of a Supinated Foot

  • High arch
  • The heel tilts outwards
  • Often callus formation under the big toe. 


The supinated foot lacks shock absorption, it brings about abnormal foot mechanics and abnormal biomechanical forces acting on joints and muscles throughout the body.


  • Custom Made Foot Orthotics (arch supports) are required to improve foot and body mechanics.

Pain on weight bearing, particularly following periods of rest, i.e. first thing in the morning. This is inflammation of the plantar fascia (the central band of ligaments and tendons which run along the bottom of the foot).

You may experience pain on the inside of the heel, the point where the plantar fascia inserts into the heel. A small painful bone spur may develop on the heel.

  • Foot Orthotics (arch supports) and regular stretch exercises will allow the inflammation to settle.
  • Ankle Foot Orthosis (AFO) will help to stretch the foot whilst resting.
  • Physiotherapy advice on a stretching programme

Foot Orthotics and regular stretch exercises will allow the inflammation to settle.

Project ManagementBunion – Hallux Valgus
The big toe drifts over towards the lesser toes. You may be born with your foot in this position, alternatively it may have developed over time as a result of an abnormally positioned foot. Poor foot biomechanics is the cause and ill fitting footwear will enhance the problem.

Poor foot biomechanics is the cause and ill fitting footwear will enhance the problem.


  • Surgery is the only effective method of straightening the toe although it may result in pain in other joints of the foot.
  • Foot Orthotics (arch supports) will restore foot function, slowing the rate of progression of this joint deformity.

Stiffness of the big toe joint
A reduction in the amount the big toe (hallux) will bend. When you walk or run the big toe joint is expected to flex in order to propel your body forward. A limit in the degree of flexion in this joint most often results in pain in the joint itself and across the ball of the foot (metatarsalgia). This is commonly a contributing factor of lower back pain and plantarfasciitis (arch pain).

Failure to treat this condition will result in further joint destruction, increased pain or the increase of symptoms later in life.


  • Foot Orthotics (arch supports) promote flexion in this joint and reduce pain.
  • Physiotherapist may advise on a foot and ankle stretching programme.
  • When there is very little movement in this joint, surgery may be required.

Pain under the big toe - Sesamoiditis
This is inflammation of the two small bones which sit under the big toe joint. You may have fractured these bones or developed inflammation around these bones.

You may suffer a dull ache on weight bearing or a throbbing pain following prolonged weight bearing.


  • Foot Orthotics (arch supports) are the most effective method of treatment as they ensure the sesamoid bones are correctly accommodated for. The Foot Orthotics (insoles) will be designed to relieve pressure from the painful site.

Numbness in the toes - Mortons Neuroma
This is a build up of nerve endings between the metatarsal heads. You may suffer ‘pins and needles’ in the 3rd and 4th or 2nd and 3rd toes or a burning sensation in the ball of the foot.


  • Foot Orthotics (insoles) will ensure the neuroma support is precisely located and correct any foot alignment abnormalities that may exist, for example pronation.
  • Surgery in which the neuroma is removed is often an effective approach.


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