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Biomechanics and Sports Podiatry Clinic

These treatments are of benefit to: Recreational, Professional, Sports Enthusiasts, Children and Adults of all ages, who experience foot / lower leg pain and can benefit from improved posture.

Biomechanical Assessment

A Biomechanics assessment is an investigation into your lower limb function – identifying abnormalities and compensations. The aim is to identify the possible underlying causes of foot pain, knee pain and even back pain. Podiatric Biomechanics deals specifically with the structure and function of the segments of the feet as they relate to each other and to the legs, hips and spine. 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/Insoles – 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.
Video gait analysis
This follows on from the Initial Biomechanics assessment. Using a treadmill or a walkway, we can record your gait with specialist software, and analyse the biomechanics of your feet and legs.
  • There is a normal posture for feet, knees, hips and back at any point in a walking or running cycle. Video gait analysis enables us to study any abnormal movements of both muscles and joints as the body moves.
  • You will be able to see for yourself how you walk or run, helping you to understand particular problems, why they exist and how they can be prevented or eliminated.
    Orthotics

Orthotics are devices used to alter or modify foot function in order to treat biomechanical foot disorders. They range from simple devices, such as insoles, to custom-made orthotics designed to meet the individual needs of each patient.The orthotics are created by taking a cast of the individual patient’s foot and designing a device which corrects and balances abnormalities.

Types of orthotics

Orthotics\insoles can be functional or accommodative. And their aim is to assist in:

  • Alleviating foot pain
  • Controlling / correcting abnormalities in walking pattern
  • Controlling movement for the competitive athlete
  • Providing cushioning, or shock absorbency for the patient who stands or walks all day.
  • Helping the elderly patient with a need for general support and to help them remain ambulant.
  • Helping patients with knee, hip or back pain which originates at the foot.

Some conditions have taken many years to develop even though symptoms may only have occurred more recently. Patients should therefore understand that it may take some time to alleviate and resolve their symptoms and will involve both commitment and compliance on their part as well as the podiatrist.

Don't forget

Don't forget to bring these items with you when you visit Footzone.

  • Any previous orthotics or insoles
  • Clean shoes! Please ensure the soles of your trainers or shoes are clean before your visit
  • Suitable loose clothing such as shorts and t-shirt