A biomechanical assessment is an in depth assessment of the way you move. It involves taking a detailed history of the symptoms or injuries you have come in to see us or been referred for, taking into consideration your medical conditions, lifestyle factors, physical activities, and occupational hazards.
Abnormal foot biomechanics is a major contributing factor in the development of pain and injury in the feet, ankles, knees and legs. Our experienced Local Podiatrists are trained to detect biomechanical abnormalities that may be the cause of your pain or may predispose you to injury.
Your Local Podiatrist will conduct:
– Comprehensive evaluation of the alignment, structure, and function of the feet and legs while standing and during walking (gait analysis)
– Testing joint range of motion and flexibility
– Testing for foot and leg muscle strength, to detect muscle imbalances and weakness
– Balance and pelvic stability tests
– Screening for leg length difference
– Footwear assessment
The information gained from the biomechanical assessment and gait analysis helps our Local Podiatrists to recommend the most effective treatment program for your specific problem, and can help you to return to your chosen sport or exercise, maximize your athletic performance and minimize the risk of injury recurrence.
Following a detailed biomechanical assessment, you will normally be filmed walking or running on a treadmill so that a gait analysis can be performed. Our Local Podiatrists can then accurately assess your walking or running style, which can help to diagnose the cause of your existing problems and often prevent future overuse syndromes.
Gait Analysis thoroughly breaks down the way you walk or run frame by frame to evaluate any underlying cause of your foot pain and then apply that to any orthotics you have or may require. We then relate this information to the type of footwear that best suits your feet and how your gait impacts on your presenting condition.