It is important for your treating practitioner to rule out other possible differential diagnoses before commencing management. This means a comprehensive lower limb, foot and ankle examination is paramount. During this examination you will receive:

  • Review of your medical and health history. Typical questions that you may be asked include:
    • How did the injury occur?
    • How long have you been suffering with this type of pain?
    • Have you experienced this previously? If so, what management (if any) did you seek?
    • Can you describe the location and quality of pain?
    • How severe is that pain?
  • Physical examination which includes palpation of the foot and ankle, muscle testing to assess symmetry and strength, range of motion assessment of the foot and ankle complex as well as orthopaedic and neurological tests as clinically required
  • Referral for imaging may be clinically indicated to assist your practitioner in formulating an appropriate diagnosis and therefore management plan. Such images may include X-ray (to rule out heel spur), Ultrasound, MRI or CT