Biomechanics – What is it?

Podiatric biomechanics is a specialism concerned with foot function and locomotion. It encompasses foot development, and aims to preserve and/or restore the function of the foot and its associated structures.

The foot is an intricate and mechanically complex structure made up of 26 major bones, associated joints and soft tissue structures. The efficiency with which the foot functions when walking depends on the way in which these bones and joints move in relation to each other. Efficient and pain-free function also depends heavily on the foot’s angle to the leg and to the ground. If things do not work well in any of these areas, painful problems may result.

Biomechanics refers to the analysis of the foot and leg function and the diagnosis of any functional problems or abnormalities. Many aches or pains in joints, muscles, tendons or lower back can be attributed to your “biomechanics”. Rarely do we find that our left or right sides are symmetrical. This is equally so for our feet and legs. Additionally many of us have mild deformities – perhaps a misaligned pelvis or bowed leg.

The Result?

When we stand, walk or run our body has to cope with and compensate for these anomalies. It is these structures such as muscles, joints, ligaments and tendons under undue strain as they begin functioning in an abnormal or compromised manner. Over time the structures become inflamed or injured.

You can opt to have an Infra-Red Computerised Visual Gait Analysis. This must be booked in advance.

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We Also Use A 3D Scanner To Cast Your Feet.

Common complaints we treat:

  • Bunions
  • heel pain
  • plantar fasciitis
  • flat feet
  • metatarsalgia
  • mortons neuroma
  • lower back pain
  • knee pain
  • sports injuries
  • aching and over-tired feet
  • ankle sprains and weaknesses
  • over pronation (collapsing arch) and many more…

During your biomechanical assessment appointment, the Podiatrist will discuss your symptoms with you and carry out a physical assessment. We measure lots of angles with you lying flat on your back and on your tummy. The assessment then involves looking at the way you stand and your walking pattern is assessed, checking the joints and muscles, assessing your footwear and lifestyle. You should wear shorts for this appointment, or at least some loose fitting trousers. It would also be helpful if you brought along a variety of shoes you wear for different activities, such as trainers, work shoes, walking shoes and in particular the footwear that causes the pain.

Your treatment plan may involve orthotics, exercises and stretches and advice on footwear. The biomechanical assessment will be approximately 45 minutes long.

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Patients will be charged in full for any appointment missed, cancelled or rescheduled without giving 24 hour notice.