The College of Podiatry defines biomechanics as the preservation, restoration and development of the function of the foot and its associated structure. Biomechanics refers to an understanding of the mechanics in the body and Podiatrists use this to diagnose and treat the lower limb.
Biomechanical assessments are undertaken by Victoria John, the clinic’s HCPC Registered Podiatrist and biomechanics specialist.
Patients opting for a biomechanical assessment may have injured the area e.g. due to a sports injury, or may have a condition such as Achilles tendinopathy or plantar fasciitis.
The clinic offers two types of assessments: a mini biomechanical assessment (60 minutes), or a full biomechanical assessment (90 minutes). Both are comprehensive assessments that will examine the way that the bones, muscles and associated structures such as tendons are aligned and interact. Other factors such as stability, body posture and other musculoskeletal factors will also be investigated.
The full biomechanical assessment will use OptoGait™, a state of the art system using digital technology to conduct thorough gait analysis and aid biomechanical assessments. This can help identify deficiencies, postural problems and asymmetries and determine how this effects walking, running etc. The system also securely stores footage and data, enabling results to be compared over time and therefore monitoring patient progression.
Following a biomechanical assessment, Victoria may recommend orthotics which are bespoke, specially-made inserts for shoes that aim to improve function and reduce symptoms. Victoria can also provide exercises and stretches when necessary to help you with self-management.