Podiatry is an independent medical discipline that concerns the treatment and management of foot and ankle problems and is regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Having obtained their initial qualification, practitioners can undertake further specialist training for particular areas of practice.
This includes surgical training over several years or further study of foot disorders caused by underlying medical conditions such as diabetes. Assessment and treatment of foot pain requires a detailed understanding of how the lower limb is working as a whole. During walking, running or recreational sports activities, the foot has to cope with forces that can produce changes in supporting structures including the bones, joints and soft tissues of the limb.
Over time these changes can prove to be damaging and ultimately cause pain and deformity. At the same time conditions such as arthritis can prevent normal function and reduce mobility. The effects of these changes can be reversed with treatment that is personalised to each individual treatment is directed at accurately diagnosing the problem and agreeing a plan that reduces pain quickly and restores function. This may involve the use of radiological tests such as x-rays, a biomechanical assessment of function, anti-inflammatory injections or foot orthoses.
Our Podiatrist specialises in:
- Non-surgical treatment of foot & ankle problems including orthotics & injection therapy
- Biomechanical Assessment/Video Gait Analysis
- Sport related injuries, e.g. running, golf, cycling, racquet sports
- Forefoot pain, e.g. Morton’s Neuroma, Hallux Rigidus
- Heel pain
- Foot pain linked to arthritic joint changes
Our Podiatry Service is for the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of musculo-skeletal issues of the foot, ankle and lower limb with treatments including exercise therapy, orthotics insoles and injection therapy. Unfortunately we do not provide routine foot care such as nail cutting, corn removal or nail surgery.
Mr Steve Anderson (m), Musculo-Skeletal (MSK) Podiatrist
Since qualifying in 2007 from the University of Huddersfield he has gained extensive experience in the field of MSK as a member of the Physioworks Foot & Ankle Team with Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust. He also spent several years as a member of the Podiatric Surgery Team.
Steve has had extensive post graduate training including gaining an MSc in the Theory of Podiatric Surgery at the University of Huddersfield with a thesis looking at the evidence for conservative treatments for osteo-arthritis affecting the big toe joint (hallux rigidus) before continuing on to a Post Graduate Certificate with distinction in Forensic Podiatry (from the University of Huddersfield) and a Diploma in Forensic Human Identification from The Royal College of Physicians in London. He is also registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC). Outside of MSK, it is Forensics that holds a special interest for Steve.
Throughout these ten years Steve has had a wide and varied case load, from treating elite athletes to assisting in the management of chronic pain conditions to treating those with a range of systemic issues which impact on mobility and daily activity and all are approached with the same high level of commitment, enthusiasm and care.