A Biomechanical Assessment, with gait analysis and pressure pad assessment, is a specialised service for anyone who is experiencing pain when moving. We treat sports people, of all ages (inlcuding children) and abilities as well as those who are less active but may be experiencing lower joint pain or stiffness. We also treat people with movement disorders, such as cerebal palsy, and also those who are pre or post operation joint replacement surgery.
Podiatric biomechanics is the study of movement in the lower limbs (from the pelvic griddle and hip joint to the toes), the study of movement, structural alignment,the function of joints and soft tissue to be precise.(Soft tissue = Muscles, ligaments, tendons, fascia, fibrous tissue, blood vessels and synovial membranes).
A discrepancy in the skeletal alignment, muscle integrity, neurological control and/or joint range of motion can result in the over compensation and eventually injury of joints, stabilising muscles, ligaments and tendons
Here at Steps Podiatry we perform a thorough biomechanical assessment, providing a detailed insight into your skeletal structure, soft tissue integrity and joint range of motion, aiming to maintain lower limb function, minimise injury and maximise efficiency.
During your assessment we will identify any underlying discrepancies and compensatory postural changes. The assessment(s) will detect mechanical inefficiencies and verify the existence of asymmetry between the legs. If required, we will prescribe an orthotic to reduce discrepancies and compensatory changes, improving the biomechanical function of the lower limbs. Treatment methods are dependent on each unique presenting case, orthotic treatment may or may not be prescribed and may or may not also involve the following: kinesiology tapping, stretching and strengtheningprograms, rest and footwear advice.
Plantar pressure analysis
We use a pressure mat to look at the distribution of pressure over the sole of your foot. This helpe us to see areas of high pressure, that may cause pain and injury.
Prescription of Functional Foot Orthoses
For any abnormal movements we may prescribe special insoles, called orthoses. These are worn in the shoe and are prescribed to limit or control any movements outwith normal, that may be causing you pain and resulting in an injury.
We use the Optogait system to investigate the way your lower limb functions during movement. We can identify any abnormal movements and compensations that may be causing pain and / or injury.
A treadmill and Optogait - an innovative optical sensory system, will be used during your assessment(s), thus please bring sports shorts or trousers and sports shoes to your appointment(s).
Initial biomechanical assessments will take approximately 60 minutes.
Review appointment £30
Reducing identified underlying biomechanical inefficiencies and compensatory changes will take time.
It is important that we review your progress, regularly thus we will advise your first review to be within 6 months and on an annual basis thereafter.
The review appointment may involve prescription adjustments, repair and refurbishment to your orthotics and review of strengthening and stretching programs.
Review appointments may last 30 minutes.
Again, please bring sports shoes and sports trousers or shorts to your appointment(s).