What is Biomechanics?

Biomechanics is the science that examines forces acting on the body and the effects produced and the study of gait analysis in relation to the foot and the lower limb. A person's abnormal stance and gait can be the cause of recurrent problems such as pain or limiting one from fully achieving a desired fitness level. Treating such conditions requires the specialist knowledge of a Podiatrist, who can perform a Biomechanical assessment, which is an examination of the foot and leg function and make individually tailored orthotics (insoles) and will offer specialist advice and work with the patient and in more complex cases other health care professionals to achieve the best possible results for you.

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Why might I need a Biomechanical assessment

Very few people are completely symmetrical and this affects the way they stand and move. They may also have additional problems including particularly high or low arches in the feet, one leg longer than the other, diabetic foot ulcers, deformity secondary to conditions such as Rheumatoid arthritis or a sports injury. In some cases, people develop foot pain due to no structural abnormalities. However, for other people they experience pain and ultimately this impacts on the individuals quality of life.

Once we’ve identified the problem that is causing the pain, we can prescribe bespoke orthotic/insoles and make recommendations on the right foot wear to suit your life style as well as exercises programmes to improve strength and flexibility.

What does the assessment involve?

The assessment can take up to 50 minutes and you will need to wear shorts so that the podiatrist can see your knees and lower limbs as you move.

The examination is divided into two sections:

1. A static assessment during which we will take various measurements while you stand up and lie down.

2. A dynamic assessment during which we will video you as you walk and run using a treadmill so we can analyse your gait (the way you move) and or the use of our 3D scanner if indicted.

Please see our research section or call us today for further information.

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