Well-functioning feet are essential for an active life. With 26 bones, 33 joints and over 100 muscles, ligaments and tendons, your feet are extremely complex. Your feet serve as the foundation for your entire body providing support, balance, posture, and a general feeling of wellbeing. Foot pain is an independent risk factor for falls and depression and pain in your legs, knees, hips, and lower back can originate from your feet. This is because even minor imbalances, misalignments or altered function of your lower limb and foot can lead to pain in muscles, tendons, joints, nerve entrapments or the early onset of osteoarthritis.
A biomechanical assessment is intended to not only diagnose your condition but identify and treat the underlying causes allowing you to be the best you can be.
Conditions that may benefit from a biomechanical assessment:
- Painful flat feet
- High arched feet
- Plantar fasciitis
- Osteoarthritis at the knee, ankle or foot
- Lower back pain
- Sports injuries
- Nerve entrapments
- Muscle, tendon or ligament pain
- Leg length difference
- Excessive range of motion or instability of joints
Your comprehensive biomechanical assessment will include:
- A discussion regarding your medical history and current medications
- A detailed history of the problem and clinical examination
- Tests to ensure that the blood supply and nerves are healthy
- A thorough range of orthopaedic tests with you lying down and standing
- Gait analysis
Your HCPC registered podiatrist will usually provide you with a diagnosis following the assessment. Sometimes however, it will be necessary to have an x-ray or diagnostic ultrasound scan.
An individualised treatment plan specific to your condition with will be put together and the various treatment options discussed. Treatments may include stretching and strengthening exercises, footwear advice, orthotic or injection therapy.