Biomechanical Assessment & Video Gait Analysis

Podiatry has become more and more advanced with biomechanics and the assessment and treatment of how people walk and run. Traditionally if a foot appeared flat then arch supports were used to help lift the foot. Modern techniques have significantly moved on from this. We look now at what the foot is doing and also at how the entire lower limb functions.
 
Biomechanical problems are not just applicable to the sports men and women; long term chronic lower limb pain can be attributable to poor biomechanical function.
Using up to date techniques and knowledge we assess the biomechanical structure and function of the lower limb from the feet to the lower back, enabling us to provide a more accurate diagnosis and treatment plan. What exactly is involved will depend on many factors such as the presenting problem & it’s duration. The aim of a biomechanical analysis is to identify the injured structure/s, decide if any of the current movement patterns are contributing to increased stress or load on the injured anatomy, and then formulate an appropriate management plan to reduce these damaging stresses/loads.

Underlying biomechanical issues commonly lead to the development of many conditions such as:

    • Plantar fasciitis
    • Shin splints
    • Hallux Abducto Valgus (Bunions)
    • Metatarsalgia
    • Knee ankle and foot osteoarthritis
    • Ankle instability
    • Lower back pain
    • Knee pain
    • Ankle pain
    • Achilles problems
    • Heel pain
    • Arch pain
    • Forefoot pain
    • (this list is not exhaustive)

Treatment

The resulting information gained from a biomechanical assessment leads to implementing a care plan which includes implementing a rehabilitation programme e.g. stretching exercises, a functional orthotic (insole) prescription if the problem is mechanical, an accommodative orthotic (insole) or a combination of therapies.

Orthotics and Insoles

As part of the Biomechanical assessment, we utilise the best in bespoke orthotic therapy. We also use the most up to date theories in prefabricated devices to ensure the best quality and value for money in our treatment plans. It is important to note that orthotics may or may not change the visual alignment, functional changes may well be specific to individuals & orthoses will reduce forces within tissues & structures & don’t need to realign the skeleton to do so (see link).
We currently use cutting edge 3D laser scanners to help create a prescription for the orthosis. Every custom made orthotic is designed within specialist software by the podiatrist to create a truly custom orthotic.

News & Articles

Call for an end to "national disgrace" of diabetes-related amputations

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Campaigners head to Westminster to demand better diabetes care

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