Experiencing foot pain? Chances are you’ve received a diagnosis for one of these conditions: Plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, Bunions, Morton’s neuroma, Plantar heel pain, Severs disease (in children), or flat feet. While these foot issues are prevalent and treated worldwide, they’re frequently misdiagnosed and improperly managed.
Dr Paul Dowie, a renowned musculoskeletal podiatrist with over 25 years of experience in diagnosing and treating foot, knee, and leg conditions, provided some insight.
According to Dr Dowie it is common and unfortunate that many people receive incorrect diagnoses or ineffective treatments, which can worsen conditions.
He highlighted common scenarios:
– Misreading diagnostic scans: Thickened tissue is often confused with inflammation, leading to inappropriate treatment.
– Treating symptoms without addressing underlying causes: Without understanding and targeting contributing factors, treatments might be ineffective, temporary or even harmful.
– Lack of understanding of intricate foot and leg biomechanics: This can lead to poor advice and outcomes.
“The crucial point is that most foot and leg pain is treatable, even the most complex conditions. With accurate diagnosis, understanding of contributing factors, and appropriate treatment, many can be swiftly and effectively addressed,“ he said.
If you’d like personalised guidance and advice from Dr Dowie, you can visit his clinic locations, including Williamstown. Simply call 1300 328 300.