Podiatric Biomechanics

Whatever your age or activity level, discomfort in your feet and lower legs can prevent you from enjoying simple domestic duties like shopping and walking the dog and perhaps stop your participation in sport, going to the gym or even affect your occupational role.

A biomechanical assessment identifies how your bones and joints function mechanically in conjunction with the many soft tissue structures in your lower limb to identify the foundational cause(s) of your symptoms.

A gait analysis looks for abnormalities in the way you walk or run – there is no such thing as a perfect gait and some unusual gait styles may be normal to the individual and cause no symptoms.

Computer foot pressure scanning measures the pressure Ncm 2 and force KPa beneath the feet in a static standing position to identify potential limb length inequalities or core instability. Dynamic pressure scans take over 350 frames per second to identify abnormal loading through the bones of the foot during the contact phase of the gait cycle.

Since I began using my current foot pressure scan system I have taken over 2000 individual patient scans which are an essential part of the patient assessment. Not only can the patient understand clearly the abnormality of their foot dysfunction causing their problem but also it has been helpful when reviewing treatment management progress of children – Podopaediatrics.

The high sample rate and accuracy of the pressure sensors has been used to evaluate the outcomes of Orthopaedic surgical procedures by comparing pre and post operative quantitative foot pressure measurements of the hind foot, midfoot and forefoot.

Part of your treatment may involve various stretching and strengthening exercises and additional specialized exercised can be provided by our team of MSK (musculoskeletal) specialist physiotherapists.

Following trauma or for acute injuries of the foot and ankle it may be necessary to temporarily immobilise the foot using supportive sports style strapping or a removable cast to prevent further damage and settle symptoms. In some cases a local anaesthetic and corticosteroid may be necessary, preferably once other treatments have been initiated.