Biomechanics is the study of human movement and describes the forces which cause this movement - both internal (within your body) and external (ground forces). By conducting a biomechanical assessment, your podiatrist can examine the cause of a chronic injury or help you improve your performance.
Podiatrists examine your joints and your muscles when standing, lying and during gait (walking). We aim to determine the range of motion you have available in your joints, as well as your muscle strength and movement and put these observations together when analysing your gait.
When you have an injury, and particularly one that does not seem to be getting better, by conducting a biomechanical assessment, we can determine if there are any underlying mechanical issues that could be contributing to your slow healing. Biomechanical problems can result in joints becoming overloaded and muscles becoming overused – overuse injuries are some of the most common complaints we see.
At Foot Right Podiatry, we are highly skilled and experienced at performing Biomechanical Assessments. When we have completed an assessment, we will provide you with a treatment plan tailored to your needs. This may comprise of stretches and strengthening for your muscles, orthoses to redistribute your foot pressures, recommendation for more appropriate footwear, referral to another health professional or for further investigations like X-Ray, Ultrasound or MRI.