Welcome to the Foot & Ankle Service

The foot & ankle service forms part of a range of services provided by the Sussex MSK Partnership. It is a service provided by clinicians called Advanced Practitioners. These are physiotherapists with specialist knowledge and skills in caring for patients with foot & ankle conditions. The aim of the service is to provide patients with a high quality service that is based in a community setting, such as a GP surgery.

Getting ready for my appointment

To help you prepare for your appointment we have collected some general information on our FAQ’s page.  This will help you understand what to expect from your appointment and how best to prepare.

Where are the clinics located?

To find a full list of our clinic locations please see locations page. 

Getting in Touch

If you need to speak to one of our team about an appointment or referral, please see the contact page for more details.

What should I know about foot pain?

The foot is a complex and hardworking structure that can quite often be affected by arthritis and related problems. Under the following links we’ll some of the common causes of foot pain, what treatments are available and how you can best look after your feet. We’ll also explain what you should look for when choosing shoes and suggest where you can get more help and advice.

Foot problems are common amongst all individuals; sometimes they may come and go quickly and may be related to certain activities of footwear choice. Some foot problems can last longer particularly as we age and degenerative changes occur or as a result of overuse or injury, in which case you may need to seek advice from your GP or a foot and ankle specialist. So it’s important to recognise when you need to seek advice.

What causes foot pain?

Foot pain can occur for many reasons, with some of the most common causes being linked to poorly fitting footwear and certain activities which may put the feet in strenuous positions which may result in injury however sometimes there can be links to other medical conditions like inflammatory arthritis, poor circulation or nerve damage so it is important to identify when to seek professional advice.

 

What common foot problems are there?
  • Heel pain / Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bunions / Hallux Valgus
  • Big toe arthritis
  • Toe deformities
  • Forefoot pain / Neuroma-Bursitis
  • Achilles heel
  • Ankle sprains
  • Arthritis
  • Flat feet, changes in the shape of the arch and In-rolling of the heel
  • Strain in muscles, ligaments or tendons
 What can I do to help myself?

Have supportive shoes/trainers that are appropriate for your feet and activity levels

Modify exercises when needed and pace yourself

Rest, ice, elevation and compression

Have a regular foot-care routine

Lose weight if you are overweight

Take painkillers- seek advice from your local pharmacist

When should I see my doctor?

Seek help if:

You have unremitting pain or impaired function.

Have a condition that impairs the blood flow to your skin.

Notice your foot is changing shape

Useful Resources

 

Here are some leaflets to help you manage your condition, these have been reviewed and approved by our clinical staff to be the best information for patients.