Scoliosis is not an illness or a medical condition, but a descriptive term that is used for a sideway “S” or “C” curvature of the spine when looking at the back directly from behind.
Types of scoliosis:
This type of scoliosis is a irreversible curvature of the spine, usually in relation to another medical condition.
Functional scoliosis is the type of scoliosis that podiatry can help with, it is usually in relation to a lower limb/foot issue or malalignment.
As mentioned before, there are two types of scoliosis. Usually the cause of scoliosis is unknown, this can be described as idiopathic scoliosis.
A small number of cases are caused by other medical conditions such as:
A functional scoliosis is not the result of a bony abnormality of the spine, but instead, the curve is the result of a problem elsewhere in the body, for example:
The sign and symptoms are varied and are often depended upon the severity of the curvature.
The most common signs are:
If you have a functional scoliosis podiatry may benefit you. A functional scoliosis is often the result of an actual leg length difference. A leg length difference affects the tilt of the pelvis, which affects the posture because the spine must curve in order to maintain centre of gravity.
Podiatry can help correct a functional scoliosis by improving the mechanics of the lower limb. Benefits achieved through podiatry include:
Podiatry for scoliosis would first involve obtaining a thorough history, which also includes a medical history. The podiatrist will then need to assess you, which includes an examination of the spine. The spinal examination is a very important part of the consultation as it will tell the podiatrist whether or not your scoliosis is functional or structural.
Podiatry is only suitable for those who have a functional scoliosis; a structural scoliosis cannot be corrected with podiatry. If you have a functional scoliosis it is essential that the podiatrist finds the underlying cause, they will therefore perform a biomechanical assessment and gait analysis.
Treatment for scoliosis depends on your age, how severe it is and whether it is predicted to worsen with time. Treatment for a functional scoliosis may include one or more of the following:
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