What is a biomechanical assessment?
A biomechanical assessment is a comprehensive evaluation of the way a person moves, particularly how their joints and muscles interact during motion. This type of assessment is typically performed by a podiatrist, physiotherapist, or any other professional who specialises in analysing the biomechanics of the human body. Biomechanical assessments are commonly used to diagnose and treat a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions, including foot and ankle pain, knee pain, hip pain, and lower back pain.
At City Foot Health, our biomechanical assessment is a thorough evaluation of the lower limb, pelvis, and spine. The assessment is tailored to the individual and may include a gait analysis, joint range of motion testing, muscle strength and flexibility testing, and footwear analysis. Our expert podiatrists use a combination of physical examination and state-of-the-art technology to identify any biomechanical abnormalities that may be contributing to pain or discomfort.
What happens during the biomechanical assessment?
During a biomechanical assessment, the podiatrist will examine the feet and ankles to determine the level of pronation or supination. Pronation is the inward rolling of the foot during walking or running, while supination is the outward rolling of the foot. Excessive pronation or supination can lead to a range of conditions such as plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, and knee pain. The podiatrist will also assess the arches of the foot and the alignment of the knees and hips to identify any biomechanical abnormalities.
What is gait analysis?
A gait analysis is an important part of the biomechanical assessment. This involves observing the way an individual walks or runs on a treadmill or walkway. A gait analysis can help identify any areas of muscle weakness or imbalance that may be contributing to pain or discomfort. The podiatrist may also use pressure mapping technology to assess the distribution of pressure on the feet during walking or running.
What treatments are available after analysis?
After the assessment, the podiatrist will develop a personalised treatment plan based on the individual's specific needs. Treatment may include the use of custom orthotics or insoles to correct any biomechanical abnormalities, exercises to strengthen weak muscles or improve flexibility, and advice on proper footwear and gait training.
Get in touch with City Foot Health
At City Foot Health, our expert podiatrists use a combination of physical examination and technology to develop a personalised treatment plan that addresses the individual's specific needs. If you are experiencing pain or discomfort in your feet, ankles, knees, hips, or lower back, get in touch with our practice and book your assessment today.