Podiatry & Chiropody

Podiatrists specialise in the study of the body’s movements during standing, walking and running, and the effects that these movements have on the skeletal system.

Therapist: Jonathan Stanley

Jonathan Stanley Musculoskeletal Podiatrist, D.Pod M., MChS., HCPC Podiatric Medicine

Jonathan provides Chiropody treatments, Biomechanical Assessments for the Provision of Orthotics, Children’s Podiatry, Sports Podiatry and Ingrown Toenail surgery.
With a special interest in Podiatric Surgery, he also works closely with his surgical colleague, Andy Naismith, Consultant Podiatric Surgeon at The Yorkshire Foot Hospital within The Lawrence Clinic of Pudsey, Leeds.

At The Valley Clinic, Jonathan works closely with the physiotherapists to provide a seamless combined approach to managing a patient’s needs from assessment through to providing solutions to biomechanical problems.

Jonathan has provided podiatry services for the England Cricket Team and the Bradford Bulls Rugby League Football Club. He is a member of the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists and is registered with the Health & Care Professions Council.

Please call 01943 604 560 for more information on Podiatry and Chiropody or to book an appointment with Jonathan Stanley

Podiatry and Biomechanics

Podiatrists specialise in the study of the body’s movements during standing, walking and running, and the effects that these movements have on the skeletal system.

The human foot is designed to function on soft surfaces, but as a result of how human society has developed, we now spend every day walking on hard, flat surfaces. This creates adaptive changes in human mechanics and causes long-term wear and tear to our feet, knees and backs.

Foot and ankle pain can be caused by a biomechanical dysfunction creating abnormal gait or walking patterns due to structural or muscular imbalances, the primary cause of which may not just be at foot or ankle level, but as a consequence of mechanical problems, be associated with the leg, knee, hip or lower back.


People’s feet vary in size, shape and function. Examination of the underlying changes that may have contributed to their symptoms are addressed during a biomechanical assessment of both the upper and lower limbs (which may involve video gait analysis); then, if required, functionally-corrective prescriptive shoe inserts, or orthotics, are fabricated from a Plaster of Paris cast impression of their feet.

Orthotics re-align feet and ankles to help correct and control body posture to reduce symptoms, and can provide relief to some of the following common complaints:

  • Heel Pain (e.g. plantar fasciitis)
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Flat feet
  • Knee Pain
  • Low Back Pain

Jonathan adopts a multidisciplinary approach to his practice, working closely with the physiotherapists at The Valley Clinic in Ilkley. This dovetail of patient treatment/management greatly enhances successful outcomes for patients.

For those patients who present with the following painful conditions that require surgical intervention:

  • Bunions (Hallux valgus).
  • Hallux limitus/rigidus (arthritis of big toe joint).
  • Hammer, Claw toes.
  • Neuromas.
  • Ganglions, Cysts, Bursae, Verrucae.

Jonathan also provides a surgical foot triage clinic where patients, if required, can be referred to Andy Naismith at The Lawrence Clinic in Pudsey for consultation.

Complex evaluation of feet, legs and body position.

The application of mechanical principles to living organisms. Biomechanics is the study of the structure and function of biological systems by means of the methods of mechanics. Therefore biomechanics uses expertise from disciplines such as engineering, anatomy, aerospace, rehabilitation, medicine, orthopaedics, sport science, and many others. It studies animal, human, and plant structure and motion.

(often called podiatry) is the diagnoses and treatments of abnormalities of the lower limbs.

Devices to support or correct abnormalities. Foot orthoses are designed to allow the muscles, tendons and bones of the feet and lower legs to function at their highest potential.

Is concerned with treating lower injury affecting hip, knee, leg, ankle and foot using gait analysis, biomechanical assessment and orthotics.

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