Why do my feet hurt?

Our feet work incredibly hard. It is estimated that during our lifetime they will carry us an average distance of 120,000 kilometers.

  • The 26 bones in each foot are arranged in such a way that they can not only support our entire body weight, but they can adapt from being a flexible shock absorber to becoming a rigid means of propulsion – all within the space of one step!
  • Our feet function best barefoot on surfaces that ‘give’, such as when we walk on a beach. Unfortunately, evolution has not yet caught up with the fact that we now spend most of our time walking on concrete.
  • Although most people are born with healthy feet, by the time we reach adulthood, more than 80% of us will suffer from an uncomfortable foot problem.
  • Some foot problems are inherited. Others develop as a result of the type of shoes we wear, or the type of activities we take part in. Some diseases or disorders can also have an effect on the feet.

What will happen at my initial consultation?

  • You will be asked to come 5-10 minutes before your appointment to fill out an information sheet and health questionnaire. If you are taking prescribed medication, it would be helpful if you could bring a copy of your prescription.
  • You will then be shown through to the studio where I will make an initial examination of your feet. This may involve checks of your circulation, sensation or brief biomechanical assessment, depending on the presenting problem.
  • Any skin or nail problems will then be treated as appropriate, i.e. nail trimming / thinning, corn or callus removal, etc.
  • The treatment concludes with a lower leg massage to put the spring back in your step.

You will be given advice relating to your condition and a plan of how best to maintain your foot
comfort. This may involve self-care advice, exercises, further investigations or a course of ongoing treatment. If I am not able to help you, I will refer you to someone who can. This initial consultation will last approximately 45 minutes.

Home Visits:

Treatment at the clinic is preferable because the lighting, seating and equipment is optimal for safe, effective treatment. If you are unable to get to the clinic, a home visit may be possible, subject to availability. Please contact us.