BSc (Hons) Podiatry
HCPC registered (Health and Care Professions Council)
SOCAP member (Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists)
Katherine Thompson has 20 years experience as a Podiatrist and 17 years specialising in Paediatrics, Orthopaedics, and Biomechanics.
You may have chosen, or have been recommended to have a Podiatry assessment, gait analysis, or biomechanical assessment with a Podiatrist. This may be because your pain or injury is related to the way your feet move in standing, walking or running. Alternatively you may not be suffering with any pain or injury but may have chosen to have a Podiatry assessment for injury prevention, to make footwear more comfortable (e.g. ski boots), or to enhance muscle efficiency, proprioception (balance), or sporting performance.
You are advised to bring a pair of shorts to your assessment or a pair of trousers that roll up well above the knee (and stay up when walking) as well as the trainers or footwear you use for sport and any shoes you wear for more than a few hours per week.
During the assessment, Katherine will ask specific questions about your injury and then carry out some tests and a biomechanical assessment. This usually includes an assessment of your legs and specific measurements on the treatment couch and in standing. You may also be asked to walk or run while Katherine watches you move. Katherine will then discuss her findings with you fully and advise if further treatment, referral and/or in-shoe orthotic/insole devices are recommended. CAD/CAM (computerised imaging and manufacturing) orthotics may be recommended but not always, sometimes no devices are recommended and occasionally ‘off the shelf’ devices will suffice (this will only work if your left and right feet are very similar and you do not have a flat or very high arch). In the case of the diabetic foot or those with a painful plantar corn simple insoles are a good alternative. These options are always fully discussed with the patient before orders are placed.