The Princess Margaret HospitalOsborne Road, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 3SJ Directions
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Assessment and treatment of all problems related to the foot and ankle
Symptoms commonly seen at The Princess Margaret include:
Certain stress factors can also contribute to your issues, especially as you may have taken up a new hobby during lockdown, such as running, which has brought on an onset of pain. Sometimes, issues can arise after a sprain or injury, but in some patients, they may occur gradually over time.
Common problems seen in the clinic include:
With ever-increasing NHS waiting lists, it can be frustrating to be told you’ll have to wait for up to a year for necessary surgery or treatment.
By seeing us privately, you can be seen straight away, saving you months of pain and frustration, bringing you closer to that much-needed relief.
Very often, a combination of physiotherapy (such as shockwave therapy, which reduces pain and promotes healing and recovery) and guided stretching can be effective in reducing your symptoms, especially for conditions such as plantar fasciitis (heel and arch pain).
Steroid injections can be administered within the clinic, helping to alleviate swelling and reduce pain. For ankle injections, these can sometimes be offered at the time of your initial consultation. Other injections are more intricate and may require ultrasound guidance for added accuracy, which can be arranged for a later date.
Patients tend to explore these non-operative treatments first, and if they have been unsuccessful in bringing relief, surgical options can be undertaken. Every operation carries certain risks of infection and bleeding, so your consultant will encourage you to balance the risks when deciding which form of treatment you would like to pursue.
Potential surgeries include:
Whether you need a specialised course of physiotherapy from our on-site team, or a corrective surgical procedure, our orthopaedic consultants at The Princess Margaret will produce a personalised treatment plan to get you the best results efficiently and effectively.
Seeing our consultants privately brings the benefit of longer consultations, usually around 30 minutes, allowing for much greater detail and a chance to get to know you and how your condition has been affecting you.
A clinical examination will then be performed, manipulating the foot or ankle joint and pressing along the foot to assess your responses. They may also ask you to perform some simple tasks and movements to demonstrate your symptoms.
X-rays may then be arranged in our on-site Imaging department, and this is normally enough to make a full diagnosis. If necessary, further scans such as an MRI, CT or ultrasound can be organised. You will then have a follow-up consultation, where your treatment options will be outlined, and together you can decide how best to proceed, whether that be surgery or conservative treatment.
Lifestyle and activity modifications can be a great help to many patients, and something as simple as finding the most appropriate footwear can dramatically aid many conditions. Your consultant can offer advice on better foot support, padding, weight loss, exercise, and posture if they believe this will be beneficial to you. This holistic approach helps give you greater reassurance, ensuring all your risk factors are addressed.
If pain in your foot or ankle has been concerning you, why not book a consultation with one of our orthopaedic specialists today? Our consultants can outline all treatment options for you promptly, arranging any necessary diagnostic scans, treatment and surgery if required.
For peace of mind and expert care, please contact Princess Margaret to book an appointment now.