Full History – A detailed history is the most important part of an assessment. Often the clinician can have a good idea of what is wrong before examining the patient. During the history we will ask you for a full medical history and we will ask you about the duration and location of your symptoms. We will ask you about activities you currently undertake and any goals you may have. We believe that if you have an end result in mind we can get you there quicker.
Non-Weight bearing Assessment – During this part of the examination you will be laying on a couch while the clinician tests the movement around your joints. We will be looking for the range of movement and the quality of the movement, we will specifically be looking at the hip, knee, ankle and the foot. We may find that certain groups of muscles are particularly tight or weak. Sometimes the cause of pain in the foot may be the result of a problem higher up the leg. If this is the issue we can offer stretching or strengthening exercises.
Dynamic Assessment – At this point we like to see how your body functions while performing tasks. The purpose is to see how your body reacts once forces start placing stress on soft tissue and joints. By doing this it enables us to develop a better understanding of how your body functions within a real world day to day setting.