Ms Louise Stirk, Podiatrist
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Pure Sports Medicine, Moorgate EC2A
12 Finsbury Square, London, GB, EC2A 1AS
Pure Sports Medicine, Bank EC2R
41–47 Threadneedle Street, London, GB, EC2R 8AR
Pure Sports Medicine, Raynes Park / Wimbledon SW20
Pure Sports Medicine at David Lloyd , Bushey Road, London, GB, SW20 8DE
About Ms Louise Stirk
HCPC number: CH35263
Year qualified: 2010
Place of primary qualification: University of Johannesburg
Louise qualified with a B.Tech degree in Podiatry at the University of Johannesburg in the year 2010. She is an active member in the Podiatry Association of South Africa and currently working as a Podiatrist at Moorgate EC2A, Pure Sports Medicine London.
Her areas of clinical interest include biomechanics, Sports injuries, Pediatrics and gait analysis and sporting interests are football, golf, running and cricket.
Areas of expertise
- Gait analysis
- Sports injuries
- Footwear assessment
- Custom orthotics
- Diabetic foot care
- Foot surgery
Frequently asked questions
What are the common symptoms that your patients tend to present with?
One of the most common complaints that I get from my patients is pain in the arch, especially when they get up in the morning and they put their feet down and they weight-bear on their feet, they know it's a dull ache or even sometimes a sharp pain in their arch, which tends to subside as they warm up or as they get walking a little bit on it. That's quite common.
Also, things like knee pain. We see a lot of patients with knee pain. We get quite a few of our runners coming in complaining of runner's knee. As we look at it, it tends to be an overuse injury, but we assess all those factors and have a look at their training loads, and we can figure out a treatment plan forward with regards to rehabbing that knee.
What are the treatments that you're able to offer your patients?
We take a thorough history and make an assessment. The assessment might include a video gait analysis. We want to understand the patient's biomechanics, understand if there's a mechanical explanation for loading different parts of the lower limb – their foot, ankle and knee.
Based on that assessment, we want to provide some sort of treatment, whether it's in the form of strengthening and exercise specific rehab, whether it's a change in their footwear that they use during their sports or their exercise program or whether it's over-the-counter or custom-made orthotics that needs to go into their shoes.
What are your areas of sub-specialist interest?
My areas of interest would be runners, particularly long-distance runners, and the individuals who like to do half marathons or even a full marathon. Other areas of interest is cricket. I have a huge interest in fast bowlers and understanding their bowling technique and how we can improve that from a lower limb perspective and also the loading patterns on their foot and ankle. I've had a lot of experience with football players.
Football, running and cricket are my main interests.
Other specialists recommended by Ms Stirk
❝Mr Tim Maynard is really thorough and he is very efficient in how he manages his patients. He is great in seeing the patients and the getting their management plan to them on the same day. He's very efficient and he has a fantastic understanding of the ankle in particular.❞
❝Dr Simon Lack has an extensive knowledge in patellofemoral syndrome. He has recently completed his PhD in it. He is very knowledgeable with regards to managing knee pain.❞
❝Mr Alex Quinn is a running coach and I would recommend him.❞
Mr Amit Amin, Orthopaedic Surgeon
❝Mr Amit Amin is a foot and ankle orthopaedic surgeon. He is very knowledgeable with regards to foot and ankle. He manages his patients quite conservatively. He works very well in a multi-disciplinary team, which is great. He has a great bedside manner.❞