Biomechanics

Are you suffering from pain when walking or running? Do you have pain in the ball of your foot/heel area or ankle? Do your feet hurt first thing in the morning or after rest? Do your ankles or knees hurt? Do you suffer from strains or injuries to your feet? If so you may benefit from a  .


What is biomechanics?

Pain swelling or tenderness anywhere in the foot, ankle, shin, knees, upper legs, hips and back is not normal and may have a biomechanical cause. The assessment will determine whether there is any dysfunction in the foot which may be causing or contributing to pain or a problem. If not dealt with, these changes could result in difficulty carrying out everyday activities, reduced sports performance, abnormal or awkward gait, trips and falls and poor mobility.


What happens at a biomechanical assessment?

The assessment will take approximately 60 minutes and you will be required to wear clothing that you can move freely in and that exposes your lower leg (eg shorts). You will also be asked to bring two or three pairs of shoes that you wear regularly. The podiatrist will observe you walking and standing barefoot and examine your legs. The podiatrist will complete recognised tests and take measurements of your feet and legs.

Once the initial assessment has been performed a diagnosis will be made and a course of treatment will be offered. The treatment plan will be fully explained with you and will be made with the understanding that you will try and comply with the advice and instructions given in order to achieve the best treatment outcome for you.

If prescribed orthotics are necessary, the podiatrist will make a cast or impressions of your feet which will be sent away and the orthotics will be made (normally in about 10 days). You will then be asked to come in for a fitting appointment. If all is well you will wear the orthotics gradually over the next month and then come back for a check up.