- Biomechanics examines forces acting on your body and the effects produced. If you have an abnormal stance and gait (walking pattern), this can cause recurrent postural problems which commonly include foot, ankle, knee, hip and back pain.
- The symptoms you are experiencing are your body’s way of compensating for malalignment or as a result of the present or a previous injury. Some of the time, this compensation is normal or acceptable, but you should not feel or believe that nothing can be done.
- Early recognition of abnormal foot and lower limb biomechanics can often avoid injury and should always be considered in the prevention of injury. This particularly applies to children, where feet and walking problems may be corrected during growth.
What We Check For
- Plantar Fasciitis – Heel pain usually on the inside of the foot, which is normally worst first thing in the morning.
- Achilles Tendonitis – pain or stiffness first thing in the morning or after activity.
- Chronic Ankle Sprains – pain is normally present around the outside of the ankle and can feel weak as if going to give way when you are walking.
- Morton’s Neuroma – burning pain under the ball of your foot.
Shin Splints – pain along your shin varying from a dull ache to a sharp stabbing pain.
- Bunions – the formation of a bony bump on the side of your big toe.
Bursitis – inflammation of a bursa on any of your foot joints.
- Leg Length Discrepancy – your podiatrist will discuss any symptoms relevant to a limb length discrepancy
- Sesamoiditis – Gradual onset of pain under the big toe joint on weight-bearing.
- Your treatment will depend on the foot problem assessed.
- A biomechanical assessment is one hour long and consists of checking the range of motion and strength of the joints and soft tissue in the legs and feet.
- The assessments take place in the practice. The patient is asked to walk barefoot either along the floor or on a treadmill, if deemed suitable for the patient, a video recording will take place to analyse your gait. This process is then repeated again with the patient wearing their daily footwear and/or sports footwear, as we advise these are bought along to the assessment.
- A casting of your feet will be taken. This cast will be sent to an orthotic laboratory where CAD-CAM technology is used to manufacture your orthotics – The computer-aided design and manufacture of functional Orthoses is now recognised by many in the profession as the way forward, enabling practitioners to provide their patients with devices that are produced too much finer tolerances than those available through the traditional hand crafted methods.