Simon Miles, our new Chiropodist/Podiatrist explains and don’t worry it is not as scary as it sounds!
A biomechanical assessment is an assessment of the lower limb, footwear and movement of an individual. Primarily biomechanical assessments are used to assess people when they have a sports injury or pain in the lower limb when walking, this can range from muscular and joint pain to ligament damage and neurological pain. This type of assessment takes the form of a static non weight bearing assessment of the lower limb joints and musculature, and a dynamic weight bearing assessment such as a walking or running gait analysis. Often foot posture (a way of identifying the quality of a patients foot position) is a contributing factor to persistent injuries.
The aim of the assessment is to identify quality and control of joint range of motion, weak or misfiring muscles, asymmetry, or contributing alignment problems. Once the problem has been identified, a treatment plan is designed to reduce pain and increase strength and flexibility. This can take the form of self-made pads and strapping by the practitioner, Orthotic devices, strength and rehabilitation exercises or a referral to another speciality. It is important to come with shorts and where appropriate athletic footwear.
What are Orthotic devices? These are custom made devices which are worn in shoes to help correct lower limb and foot function. These devices cannot be seen by anyone not wearing them as they are designed to fit within athletic and everyday footwear. Orthotics are primarily prescribed by a podiatrist if necessary after identifying problems from a biomechanical assessment. As a patient your feet will be cast and the devices are made to fit the contours of your int. If you have any questions regarding biomechanical assessments or orthotic devices then please don’t hesitate to contact the clinic.