Foot and Ankle Assessment Programme
Virtus Foot and Ankle Assessment Programme
Virtus Foot and Ankle Assessment Programme adopts a multidisciplinary approach and is led by an Orthopaedic surgeon and a physiotherapist. The programme includes two sessions, one is conducted by the Orthopaedic surgeon to assess the structure and function of patients' foot and ankle and another is conducted by a physiotherapist to examine the gait and posture of patients.
Details of Virtus Foot and Ankle Assessment Programme (suitable for 6 years of age and above):
|*Additional charge of HK$400 for X-ray image analysis
*Additional charge of HK$1,600 for custom-made orthotic insoles, please allow 2 weeks for order processing
*Additional consultation fee of HK$1,400 for follow-up treatment (include Orthopaedic surgeon and physiotherapist consultation)
Enquiries and Bookings: 8102 2022
Foot and Ankle Health
The lower limbs are the foundation of our body; unhealthy feet and ankles can therefore take a toll on our mobility or even our overall health. The skeletal development of the lower limb is of vital importance, especially to children. Foot and ankle deformities can affect children's growth and development, hence a common concern of many parents.
In many cases, foot and ankle problems in children are transient and can be corrected with time. For example, physiological flat feet are commonly found in young children. Under normal development, their feet arches will mature at around the age of 6 and the problem will be resolved. If the problem persists, it is suggested to get assessed professionally to find out the cause of the problem and ways to improve.
Flat feet: There are two types of flat feet – flexible flat fleet and rigid flat feet. In a flexible flat foot, which accounts for most of the cases, an arch is present when the heel is elevated and no weight is put on the foot; while in a rigid flat foot, no arch is present at any time.
High-arched feet (cavus feet): As the name implies, a high-arched foot has an abnormally high arch, which puts extra pressure on the ball and heel of the foot.
Bunion (hallux valgus): It is a deformity of the joint connecting the big toe to the foot that causes a bony lump on the side of the foot. The rubbing of the bunion against footwear can cause redness, soreness and swelling around the joint.
Plantar fasciitis: It is believed to be caused by repetitive strains that created tears in the ligament of the sole. Patients usually feel pain around the heel when standing and walking. Flat feet and high-arched feet are some common causes of plantar fasciitis.
Intoeing (pigeon toes): It refers to the condition in which the feet turn inward instead of pointing ahead when walking. It is a common problem among children younger than 5. There are three possible causes of intoeing, which include internal rotation of the femur, internal rotation of the tibia, and metatarsus adductus (a condition where the metatarsal bones are turned toward the body). Many cases of intoeing in children are caused by w-sitting, a position in which children sit on the bottom with their knees bent and their feet positioned outside of their hips.
Out-toeing (duck feet): It refers to a condition in which the feet turn outward instead of pointing ahead when walking. One common cause of out-toeing is the external rotation of the femur.
Bowlegs: Bowlegs are legs that curved outward at the knees when the ankles are together.
Knock knees: Knock knees are legs that curved inward at the knees when the ankles are apart.
Leg length discrepancy: The common causes of the length difference between the legs are pelvic obliquity and scoliosis.
When Should I Get A Foot and Ankle Assessment?
- Foot pain
- Abnormal posture of the lower limb when standing or walking
- Prone to falling
- Soles wearing out more quickly, or abnormal wear patterns observed
- Shoes are easily deformed
- Difficult to find comfortable footwear
Enquiry & Booking: 8102 2022
+852 8102 2022
12 & 16/F, Virtus Medical Tower, 122 Queen's Road Central, Hong Kong