WHAT IS A BIOMECHANICAL & GAIT ASSESSMENT

  • As a podiatrists I am trained to analyse biomechanical and locomotor disorders which can affect posture and gait. Even a small structural or functional imbalance in the feet can cause problems in the:- feet, ankles, knees, hips, back, neck.

 

  • Think of your body like a machine.  Like the moving parts of any machine they tend to wear out eventually but they do so more quickly if they are moving badly.  Many problems in the lower limbs and even in the pelvis and lower back are associated with the way we walk and run.  The real skill is interpreting the information from the biomechanical assessment and scans and relating it to your clinical problems.

 

  • The biomechanical examination includes a physical examination of the feet, knee and hips and the muscles and joints and also includes taking scans using the Gaitscan technology. This enables me to identify and treat functional faults.

 

  • The biomechanical assessment includes the evaluation of abnormal foot structures and posture and gait, including examination of the feet, ankle, knees, hips and spinal joints.The assessment enables the cause of the problem to be identified and then an attempt to correct the biomechanics in order to optimise performance and relieve you of pain. The most common treatment for a biomechanical problem is the use of orthotic insoles to realign the body.