Foot Health Biomechnics
With 26 bones,107 ligaments and 19 muscles, your feet are one of the most mobile areas in the body.
Pub quiz fact: 25% of the bones of your body are located in your feet!
The average person will walk over 100,000 miles in a lifetime (more than four trips around the world) or the equivalent of 8,000 to 10,000 steps a day.
With each step the impact from the ground is sending a wave up the leg at 200km/h (about 124mph) from joint to joint (ankle, knee, hip and spine).
A biomechanical assessment is an investigation into your lower limb function – identifying abnormalities and/or compensations. We can look closely using video gait analysis into the underlying possible causes of heel pain, knee pain and even back pain. Our video gait analysis software will give real time results of issues with footfall, muscle weakness, joint overloading.
Once our podiatrist has interpreted all the investigation material a diagnosis and treatment plan can be formulated to improve & hopefully resolve your symptoms. This may involve one or more of the following:
Exercises to stretch or strengthen muscles.
Orthotics – specially made devices for you to wear inside your shoe to control, realign or cushion the abnormalities.
Muscular taping techniques
Referral on to other members of our healthcare team if further specialist treatment is needed.
What you need to know before your treatment
Our biomechanical assessment takes around 45 minutes.
We do require your consent prior to video gait analysis, so please complete and return the consent form in the booking confirmation email prior to your appointment.
It would be helpful to wear shorts, leggings or loose fitting trousers in order for the podiatrist to give a full easement of the lower extremity.
Please bring any footwear which you would wear on a regular basis (this can be any number of pairs