A biomechanical assessment involves an examination of the lower limbs, looking at their structure, alignment, strengths and weaknesses.
The assessment is not focused simply on the foot but includes the pelvis, legs and knees, assessing the relationship between them. It is important to examine the lower limbs as a whole because they are closely connected, and pain in one area can be due to a weakness or structural problem in another area.
A biomechanical assessment is often requested if a person is experiencing pain in their feet, limbs or hips, or if they have had a sports injury. An assessment is the starting point for understanding the cause of your problem, what treatment is needed or whether further investigations are necessary.
There are many different types of recommended treatments following a biomechanical assessment, depending on your results. For people who have good structural foot mechanics, the podiatrist will advise on the best footwear in order to reduce the risk of foot problems. Simple changes such as wearing trainers designed for your gait or wearing insoles can be very effective.
If the podiatrist believes that your mechanics could be contributing to your injury or pain, insoles or custom-made orthotics will be issued. The podiatrist can also advise you on certain exercises to do, or they can refer you to a physiotherapist. At Podiatry & Wellness Clinic, we have a Biomechanical Specialist and a Physiotherapist available.
For more information or to book an appointment, please contact the clinic today.
Reference - London Foot & Health Centre