A Biomechanical Assessment is both the static and dynamic examination and assessment of joint complexes (foot and ankle, knee, hips and spinal column) and their interrelationships, under both weight-bearing and non-weight-bearing conditions.
The information gained from the biomechanical assessment and gait analysis helps our Podiatrist’s to recommend the most effective treatment program for your specific problem.
A biomechanical assessment involves the following:
- Alignment of the leg, knee, foot and ankle
- Joint quality and range of motion
- Foot and ankle muscle strength
- Video gait analysis (An individual’s walking pattern is observed both visually and recorded digitally for freeze-frame analysis of specific points in the gait cycle )
- Leg length discrepancy
Biomechanical abnormalities can lead to the various overuse and sport injuries people experience. For example, restriction of the big toe joint will change the timing when our heel rises from the ground with each step (an early heel rise). This in turn causes extra loading on the Achilles tendon which for some, will lead to an Achilles tendinopathy.
At First in Feet Podiatry the results of your biomechanical assessment are used to form a treatment plan to specifically help you. This may involve stretching and strengthening programs, foot mobilisation to restore joint function, foot orthoses to unload the foot and footwear advised to best suit your activity and foot type.