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Biomechanical Assessment

Biomechanics is the scientific study of forces and the effects of those forces on and within the human body.

The field of biomechanics can analyse and interpret the cause and effect of forces applied to and by the body.  Biomechanists are involved in a range of activities, from technical performance analysis, to injury prevention and rehabilitation methods. 

A Biomechanical Assessment involves a complex evaluation of the feet, legs and body position whilst weight bearing and non-weight bearing. 

The biomechanical examination is a critical part of the evaluation for functional foot orthotics.

The information gained from a biomechanical assessment forms the basis for a rehabilitation programme, or if the problem is mechanical - an orthotic prescription.
 

What happens in a Biomechanical Assessment session?

The assessment consists of, muscle strength, range-of-motion at the lower limb joints, and the angular relationships of the segments of the foot and leg.

  The Podiatrist will also collect information by performing a computerised gait analysis of your feet.  A Foot Above use the RSscan Dynamic footscan® System.

The podiatrist’s evaluation will mainly concentrate on the assessment of the hip, knee and ankle joints.

If your condition is caused by a mechanical imbalance of a joint your Podiatrist may prescribe orthotics.  Orthotics are devices designed to improve the way in which joints are aligned and take the form of shoe inserts.

Biomechanical assessment can help with:

  • Shin Splints
  • Runners Knee
  • Pronation
  • Heel pain
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Limb length discrepancies
  • Low back pain
  • Knee pain
  • Forefoot and toe pain
  • Ankle pain
  • Forefoot and toe pain
  • Bunions
  • Hammer toes
  • Flat feet
  • Hallux rigidus
  • Hallux limitus
  • Morton's neuroma
  • Metatarsalgia

 

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