Biomechanics Assessments and Orthotics Foot Treatment
What is the Purpose of a Biomechanics Assessment?
A biomechanics assessment or examination is an investigation into your lower limb function, looking very closely for any abnormalities that may cause pain or discomfort. Many people have an assessment because problems with their feet impact their day-to-day lives and activities. The biochemical assessment of foot function and gait will allow the podiatrist to give advice on the best treatments for the individual. The main aim of the foot consultation is to find long-term solutions to the problem, to improve your quality of life.
What Happens at a Biomechanical Assessment?
A Biomechanical Podiatrist conducts a thorough assessment to examine the way your lower limbs work, which enables them to check for potential abnormalities and possible causes of foot pain, as well as pain in the ankle, knee and back.
Once we have identified the problems that are causing the pain, we can advise on treatment such as Orthotics, exercises and footwear advice to improve strength and flexibility.
Why Would I Need a Biomechanical Assessment?
People are rarely symmetrical and this lack of symmetry can affect the way they stand and move on a daily basis. Many of us will have mild deformities, such as bowed leg, one leg longer than the other, or torsion in the pelvis. While this may not appear to have a detrimental impact, the body must compensate for these abnormalities when we stand, walk or run. Additional problems such as very high or low foot arches, limb length discrepancy or a sports injury can result in compensatory movement when extra stress is placed upon joints, muscles and ligaments. Concerns about a variety of foot pain issues would suggest a need for an assessment, such as:
- Congenital deformities
- Sports related injuries
- Accident injuries
- Wear and tear in maturity
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Heel Pain
- Overuse Injuries
What Treatments Can Be Offered After The Assessment?
The treatments advised by a qualified podiatrist are on an individual basis, but common foot treatments can include:
- Getting Orthotics fitted
- Advice on exercises to increase mobility
- Advice on suitable footwear
- Strapping and taping