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Biomechanical Assessments

For the diagnosis of foot pain, abnormalities seen with altered walking patterns and  poor function or structure of the feet.

Biomechanical assessments typically take 40-60 minutes and may result in the provision of orthoses or insoles to help support the foot which shows poor function. These are performed by Ms Suvanne Harding a biomechanics specialist podiatrist on a Tuesday evening every week.  Suvanne is a podiatrist who specialises in biomechanics, and has worked alongside ostepaths and physiotherapists for many years, delivering an excellent service to patients who come to her complaining of foot and lower limb pain.

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 Biomechanical 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.

More thorough details about the footscan and pressure plate technology can be found on Suvanne's website...

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