Yes.We are very well trained to diagnose and treat foot and ankle problems. But also we will look at your foot and ankle mobility,inversion and eversion(pronation and supination) to see if this is the cause or predisposing factor to other chronic,long term mechanical/postural problems.They could be the reason for you Lowback problems recurring.
We have probably all ‘gone over’ on an ankle and if you are lucky it swells a bit and you hobble for a couple of days and then it seems to heal.But often what happens is the critical position and alignment of the large ankle joint, does not return to normal but because no ligaments are damaged you feel better; but you carry on walking on an ankle that is not moving freely or positioned correctly, and this can cause problems further up at the knee or pelvis or lowback.We can help return normal position and mobility to the ankle.
Another very common scenario is you hurt your hip or knee or even ankle and hobble about for weeks, which means you walk on a solid foot,not using it properly,and this means the joints that make up the arch of the foot, become stiff or impacted. Again the original problem heals but you become aware of foot troubles later,very often it is a dropped metatarsal’metatarsalgia'(feels like your walking on a pebble),because of a stiff arch,or equally typical is a plantar fasciitis, a very painful longitudinal arch pain,( feels light a tight band along the sole of your foot). Both of these can be resolved and we can address the underlying cause as well;maybe also giving exercises to work the mobility and strengthen the small muscle of the foot.