What is a biomechanical assessment?
Biomechanics is the study of the movement of the bones and muscles and how they affect our walking, running and posture.
The assessment can be complemented by video gait analysis, which involves filming the whole of the body in slow motion from the front, side and back.
Why would I have a biomechanical assessment?
Most people have a biomechanical assessment because they are experiencing pain.This pain can be anywhere from the back down into the feet.
General conditions treated include:-
- Foot and heel pain,
- Plantar fasciitis,
- Ankle pain,
- Shin splints,
- Calf pain, hip pain,
- Knee pain,
- Iiotibial band syndrome,
- Buttock pain,
- Lower back pain, postural problems,
- Flat feet and leg length differences.
What does the assessment involve?
A full medical history should be recorded, specifically taking details of the injury or site of pain.
A static standing assessment will look at your relaxed posture and alignment. A couch examination will involve analysis of the hips, knees, ankles and the joints in your feet.
The podiatrist will be looking at the range and quality of movement available comparing this to the opposing limb as well as norms for the general population.
Patients undergoing assessment will have specific areas of the body marked up and will then be asked to walk.The information obtained in the assessment will explain the likely cause of your injury and an evidence based treatment plan can be established.
Treatments include the following:
1. Stretching and strengthening exercises.
2. Specific trainer recommendations.
3. Mobilisation techniques
4. Steroid injections for pain relief.
5. Foot orthoses – insoles/support.
What do you need to bring for your assessment?
Ideally please bring shorts, t-shirt (for ladies a gym style crop top is ideal), trainers, examples of commonly worn shoes, and any old orthotics. Please note,if you are not comfortable wearing shorts or a crop top please wear what you will feel comfortable in.