A Biomechanics assessment is an investigation into your lower limb function – looking closely for abnormalities and compensations. We can look closely into the underlying possible causes of heel pain, knee pain and even back pain.
Once we have identified the causes of your problems we can develop a tailor made treatment plan to improve your symptoms. This may involve one or more of the following:
- Exercises to stretch or strengthen muscles
- Orthoses – specially made devices for you to wear inside your shoe to control, realign or cushion the abnormalities.
- Footwear advice
- Referral on to other members of the healthcare team if further specialist advice is needed.
Full Biomechanical Assessment
A biomechanics assessment takes about 1 1/4 hours and is undertaken by a qualified Registered Podiatrist. You will need to bring shorts to change into so that we can see your knees in order to help our examination.
The examination has two parts:
We will take various specific measurements with you laying down and standing up (static assessment). We will normally video you walking (or running) on a treadmill so we can understand what is happening during gait – this is called ‘video gait analysis’ (dynamic assessment).
non-weight bearing anatomical examination, muscle testing, weight bearing lower limb posture assessment.
- Video gait analysis and/or
- Pressure plate analysis.