Musculoskeletal Podiatry is the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of biomechanical conditions primarily affecting the lower limbs. Such conditions may lead to acute or longer term problems and may also be referred to as overuse injuries.
Podiatrists who are trained in musculoskeletal practice are able to identify the cause and origin of lower limb dysfunction. We can therefore often help resolve many conditions that make walking, running and standing an unpleasant experience.
Treatment can involve mobilisations, running advice, stability and exercise programs, shoe advice, shoe adaptations and foot orthoses (orthotics).In order to obtain the best outcomes for our patients we will often work as part of a multidisciplinary team.
Podiatrists often prescribe foot orthoses as part of their treatment and management plans. Unlike most podiatrists we believe in using functional foot orthoses as part of a planned rehabilitation program to assist in performance enhancement and allow faster recovery.
Due to the unique way that we prescribe foot orthoses in our clinic we are often able to prescribe a device on your initial appointment. This allows treatment to commence earlier and improve patient outcomes.
Lee Short BSc,MSc Musculoskeletal Podiatrist
I obtained my first degree in Podiatry(BSc) in 1994 and in 2005 I obtained a post graduate Master’s Degree in Clinical Podiatric Biomechanics, one of the 1st specialist degrees of its kind in the country. I have over 20 years’ experience as a podiatrist, working for the NHS and Ministry of Defence.
Most of my experience has been in the field of podiatric biomechanics and musculoskeletal podiatry, with specialisation in functional rehabilitation. Since obtaining my post graduate biomechanics degree, I have continued to study human movement and dysfunction. I have completed many hours study in the analysis and assessment of movement dysfunction, via post graduate study with kinetic control, the running matrix - performance solutions and the running clinic. I have provided numerous lectures and conference presentations on the podiatrist’s role in the management of running injuries.
Before joining the team at Room 4 movement, I worked for many years as an extended scope practitioner in the NHS, specialist clinician in rehabilitation teams within the Ministry of Defence and currently providing musculoskeletal podiatry in my private practice. I have developed a specialist interest / knowledge in running analysis and rehabilitation. I have vast experience working with the general public, professional sports personnel as well as regular, extensive work in the rehabilitation of injured military recruits and regular personnel.
I am able to offer expert advice based on the latest research evidence and current trends and provide functional movement screening, analysis and advice specific to runners.
I am a keen recreational runner and enjoy windsurfing and walking with my family.