Foot & Ankle
Restoring Foot Stability
Feet and ankles are easy to overlook. Although you rely on your feet and ankles every day, you rarely consider them until there is a problem. It may be a sudden injury or a condition that has laid dormant for many years which unexpectedly becomes an issue.
Our experts at Schoen Clinic London are specialised in foot and ankle injuries. In our specialised private hospital, we offer you the entire spectrum of treatment. From diagnostics and conservative therapy to foot and ankle surgery.
Your feet may not look too complicated from the outside, but beneath the skin, they are among the wonders of the human body. A quarter of the body’s bones (52 out of 206) are found in the feet. Just one foot and an ankle contain:
- 26 small bones
- More than 100 ligaments, muscles, and tendons
- 33 joints
- A network of nerves, soft tissues, blood vessels, and skin
The foot has three sections, namely the forefoot, the midfoot, and the hindfoot.
- Forefoot – The phalanges (toes) are part of the forefoot, which is the front of the foot. The section includes five metatarsals, 14 toe bones, and two sesamoid bones, as well as ligaments, tendons, muscles, and other tissue. The forefoot and midfoot meet at the tarsometatarsal joints.
- Midfoot – The section includes the tarsals, which form the foot’s arch. The five irregularly shaped bones are the navicular, the medial, intermediate, and lateral cuneiforms, and the cuboid.
- Hindfoot – The talus and the calcaneus are the only two bones in the hindfoot. The calcaneus is the heel bone, and talus, which is on top of it, forms the ankle’s pivoting joint.
The major ligaments in the foot and ankle include the calcaneocuboid ligament, the plantar calcaneonavicular ligament, and the plantar fascia.
The calcaneocuboid ligament connects the tarsal bones and the calcaneus. The plantar calcaneonavicular ligament supports the talus and connects the navicular and calcaneus. The plantar fascia extends along the underside of the foot, from the heel to the toes.
Looking at the ankle in more detail, we find an intricate hinge-like joint. The ankle is made up of a fluid-containing capsule, the ends of the tibia and fibula (the shinbone and the bone alongside it), a bone called the talus, and a large number of tendons and ligaments.
Foot and Ankle Conditions
Our qualified and experienced specialists treat a range of foot and ankle conditions. Among those you can have treated at Schoen Clinic London are:
- Achilles tendon injuries – Overstretching or partially or completely tearing the tendon that connects the heel bone and calf muscle can cause bruising, swelling, stiffness, and tenderness.
- Arthrosis – A degenerative condition that affects mostly cartilage. Linked with ageing, the condition causes the cartilage to become irregular and to wear out. Although arthrosis is non-inflammatory, it can cause pain and loss of joint mobility.
- Flat feet – Also known as fallen arches, flat feet is a condition in which the arches of the feet collapse.
- Bunions – The tell-tale sign of a bunion is a bony, often painful, bump at the base of the big toe. The bump is caused by an unusual enlargement of the joint.
- Plantar fasciitis – The painful inflammation of the plantar fascia is known as plantar fasciitis.
Our specialised hospital for foot & ankle conditions
Schoen Clinic Orthopaedic and Spinal Hospital is based in the heart of London. Home to some of the finest specialists in foot and ankle conditions, our hospital also houses a state-of-the-art diagnostics suite for rapid diagnosis, a highly experienced physiotherapy team, three surgical theatres, and a multidisciplinary team who can provide optimum results. No matter what condition you are facing, our team of experts will help to get you back on your feet again.
If you don't have health insurance, you can simply pay-as-you-go for first class treatment at Schoen Clinic London.