How we can help…
During biomechanical assessments we will examine the way your lower limbs work, checking for abnormalities and possible causes of pain in the foot, ankle, knee and back.
Why you might need a biomechanical assessment
Very few of us are totally symmetrical and this can impact the way we stand and move. Additional problems might also arise as a result of structural abnormalities, including high or low arches in the feet, having one leg longer than the other, or a higher likelihood of a sporting injury. In some instances, people will adapt to these abnormalities without any problems; however for others they can create pain in the joints, ligaments, muscles and tendons, as all of these are put under extra stress during movement.
Once our podiatrists have identified the problems that are causing the pain, they can advise on the best way forward to counteract the abnormality and relieve any discomfort a person might be feeling. Our podiatrists often recommend orthoses or made to measure insoles, and can provide you with exercises to improve strength and flexibility.
What will the Biomechanical Assessment Involve?
We generally allow longer appointments for biomechanical assessments (50 - 60 minutes) and we ask that you wear shorts so our podiatrists are able to see your knees and lower limbs as you move.
Our podiatrists will take various measurements while you stand and sit and will also perform a dynamic gait assessment, where we may video you as you walk and run on a treadmill, so we can analyse the way you move.