Experiencing pain or discomfort after regular activity? Feeling like your body is not performing as it should be? A biomechanical assessment can help identify the causes and help you find the best path to optimal body performance.
What does biomechanics mean?
Biomechanics is the science of movement of living organisms. It is the study of how external and internal forces affect the body. More plainly, it is the study of how and why each body moves in the way it does.
Everyone reacts differently to the impacts of our daily movements, due to our physical make up, our age, our level of fitness as well as any past injuries. Plus, the world around us changes and presents challenges which our body responds to. For instance, your running style may alter slightly in the rain or with old shoes. All these factors impact the muscles, tendons and joints in your body. And can result in your body not moving as best it can.
How can a biomechanical assessment help?
A biomechanical assessment is a way of identifying whether or not your muscles, joints and/or nerves are working together in the most proficient manner. By analysing the functions of the lower limbs any abnormalities, and how the body compensates for these irregularities, can be detected.
The goals of a biomechanical assessment are to determine that causes of specific abnormalities and present ways to correct or completely eliminate the issues arising from such irregularities.
You should see a podiatrist for a biomechanical assessment if you are experiencing:
- Heel or ankle pain when walking or running;
- Foot pain upon waking or after periods of non-use;
- Pain in the ball of the foot;
- Shin or knee pain after activity;
- Lower back issues exacerbated by activity;
- Increased tripping or clumsiness;
- In-toeing or over-pronation.
At The Foot Group we use state-of-the-art equipment to analyse foot and lower limb function and provide the clearest diagnosis. We can measure the precise pressure peaks and distribution underneath the feet when walking and running. We also monitor the function and efficiency of the biomechanics of the foot to enable us to provide a deeper understanding of why pain is occurring and how to appropriately treat it.
Treatment may include the use of prescription foot orthotics. These are specialised inserts which sit in your shoes, under your feet, to support, correct and align all bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and plantar fascia in each of your feet. They are used to improve foot function, support the foot as the foundation for the body and to redistribute weight through the foot and lower limb.
Foot orthotics do not directly support the arch but rather improve the overall foot function, enabling the body’s own support mechanisms to function efficiently. This leads to stronger, healthier feet and, in most cases, relief of symptoms.