Podiatric Biomechanics

Podiatric Biomechanics

Podiatric Biomechanics plays a large role in injury prevention and treatment by identifying and correcting imbalances in foot position, walking/running patterns and lower limb deformity. This can be achieved by assessing both your static and dynamic postures through a biomechanical assessment using our state of the art foot scan equipment from RS Scan. Our podiatrists will analyse the scan findings and discuss appropriate treatment options, whether that is a change of footwear or recommending one of our orthotic options, bespoke or off-the-shelf.

We often hear the term faulty or poor biomechanics. This is usually used in correlation with observable movements which are considered abnormal. When we have these abnormal movements it can place excessive stress on our joints and muscles. It can also place stress on other parts of the body as a result of compensatory mechanisms taking place.

A biomechanical assessment will be able to help identify any abnormal movements, imbalances or weaknesses and help to correct them reducing the risk of injury.

A common issue that we often come across is “over pronation” or excessive pronation.

 

 

When considering a foot like this we must think of the impact this will have on the rest of the body. If the foot is rolling inwards then there is likely to be excessive rotation in the leg causing the knee to move inwards also, which can lead to an uneven pull on the kneecap increasing the risk of knee pain. This knock on effect can also lead to problems at the hip and lower back.

We are able to utilise a variety of diagnostic tools to help identify any problems, including our state of the art pressure plate which enables us to view force distribution moving through the foot during gait.

We can also observe you running on a treadmill and use video software to slow down and analyse your running style.

So if you are suffering from foot, ankle knee or hip pain then please contact us to book a biomechanical assessment in Manchester or Warrington.

Benefits of Podiatric Biomechanics

  • Assists with return to activity
  • Reduces pain and discomfort
  • Maintain good joint and soft tissue alignment
  • Helps with shock absorption
  • Highlights pressure risk zones

Helps with the following conditions

  • Flat foot
  • Hammer toe
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Recurrent ankle sprains
  • Pressure sores
  • Knee pain
  • Back pain
  • Achilles tendonosis
  • Sporting injuries

What the treatment involves

  • Thorough assessment using our Foot Scan pressure plate
  • Objective examination
  • Orthotics/insoles recommendations
  • Exercise prescription
  • Massage
  • Joint manipulation
  • Footwear fitting/advice

How much does it cost?

  • Biomechanical assessment – £80
  • Custom orthotics – £295

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