Biomechanical Assessment

Common reasons for having a biomechanical assessment are:

 

  • Foot and heel pain;

  • Plantar Fasciitis;

  • Ankle pain;

  • Shin splints;

  • Calf pain;

  • Hip pain;

  • Knee pain;

  • Iliotibial Band Syndrome;

  • Buttock pain;

  • Lower back pain;

  • Postural problems;

  • Flat feet;

  • High arch feet; 

  • Leg length differences.

 

A Biomechanics assessment is an investigation into your lower limb function looking closely for abnormalities and compensations.

 

When we stand, walk or run our body has to cope with and compensate for these anomalies. It is these compensations that put structures such as muscles, joints, ligaments and tendons under undue strain as they begin functioning in an abnormal or compromised manner.

 

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 including the muscles.

 

The podiatrist will be looking at the range and quality of movement available comparing this to the opposing limb as well as to what we know to be normal for the general population.

 

Once we have identified the underlying causes of your problems we can develop a tailor-made prescription orthotic which will address any compensations or abnormalities.

 

You may also be offered, if appropriate, an off the shelf orthotic.  This will be discussed in full and you will be given the advantages/disadvantages of each option so that you can make an informed choice concerning your treatment.

NEW: We use a Pressure Plate for advanced assessments of your feet

We now use a pressure measurement device (FootWork) which records all the relevant information needed such as plantar pressure, function, symmetry and balance to analyse your foot’s behaviour.

The pressure plate will produce detailed scans and graphics highlighting the centre of pressure (Gait Line) which will allow us to make more accurate interpretation of your foot’s function to provide you with the best solution.

NEW: We use a 3D Optical Laser Scanner

3D optical foot scanners capture accurate measurements of the patient’s feet. These scanners are an extremely precise device measuring thousands of different points of the contours of the foot.

 

Laser technology is one of the most accurate methods of capturing the foot. They are perceived as the latest in technology and one of the most accurate measuring systems for orthotic devices.