Hannah Watkinson holds monthly clinics at CSPC physiotherapy and is a biomechanical podiatrist. She is a specialist in the foot and lower limb and will primarily look at the way in which the foot interacts with the ground during standing, walking and running and then consider the load that the foot and lower limb will have to contend with. If there are increased forces and loads in certain areas this could lead to pain and injury, which Hannah will produce a bespoke orthotic to help combat.

Hannah will assess the lower limb alignment and gait and has a good understanding of lower limb muscle weaknesses. She will work closely with your CSPC physiotherapist to achieve optimum results.

What orthotics are and how they can help

Hannah applying plaster of paris to the foot, producing a mould for the orthotic

It must be said that are orthotics are not for everyone but given for the right problems they can really help. Orthotics are specialist insoles that are put into shoes and they aim to reduce force on an injured structure. There are different types of orthotics for different shoes. Ankle foot orthoses are specialist braces that can be issued for gait problems such as foot drop.

Type of injuries and conditions podiatry can help

The majority of problems seen tend to be more chronic long term problems to tendons, ligaments, bones and joints. The injured structure will be identified and the aim of the assessment is to identify if there are excessive forces being placed on the tissue as a result of the way someone moves. Although a Podiatrist is a specialist in the foot and ankle they can also help problems further up the leg such as Achillies, shin, knee, hip and back pain. Back pain can often occur as a result of a leg length difference.

Hannah also has extensive experience at treating nasty trauma injuries to the foot and ankle with her work at DMRC Headley Court when treating injured personnel from recent conflicts. Neurological gait problems can also be helped by orthoses and special braces.

Hannah Watkinson has her own clinic in Buckinghamshire, as well as running other clinics around the country. You can read more about Hannah here.

Key areas of expertise and clinical interests

  • Multidisciplinary understanding and working
  • Gait analysis
  • Biomechanical overuse lower limb injuries
  • Exercise induced leg pain (shin pain)
  • Complex Foot trauma leading to disability
  • Foot drop and neurological gait problems
  • Lateral ankle instability
  • Specialist ankle foot orthoses
  • Leg Length discrepancies

Hannah’s podiatry fees are as follows:

Initial consultation         £115

Review (half hour)         £60

Off-the-shelf orthotics   £79

Bespoke orthotics          £320 (including plaster cast and 15 min fitting appointment)

Refurbishment               £55