Correct treatment depends on an accurate diagnosis, and this begins with your first consultation.
When you meet with the Consultant Podiatric Surgeon at BMI The Cavell Hospital, they will talk with you about your symptoms. They may ask you questions like:
- What symptoms do you have?
- When did these symptoms first appear?
- Do you have any pain in your foot or ankle? If so, can you describe it?
- Have your symptoms been getting worse over time?
- Have you received any treatment already, such as physiotherapy?
Everybody’s feet tell a story, and a physical examination of your foot will help your Podiatric Surgeon to accurately assess the health, function, strength, and flexibility in different parts of your foot.
They may also examine the rest of your leg, including the knee, thigh, and hip. This helps to determine the muscle tone in your legs, their alignment to one another and your overall posture.
If further tests are needed, such as X-ray, CT, or MRI, these will be arranged for you. Your Consultant Podiatric Surgeon carries a handheld ultrasound scanner, which allows them to investigate certain problems such as neuromas and joint issues during your appointment. This can help avoid delay in obtaining an accurate diagnosis.
Once a diagnosis has been confirmed, your Consultant will discuss suitable treatment options with you and answer any questions or concerns you may have.