What is a Biomechanical Assessment?
A biomechanical analysis examines the effect of forces acting on the structural components of the foot and lower extremity. Understanding the nature of these forces helps us determine the most appropriate management plan and how to design an orthotic.
When we perform a biomechanical assessment we assess three main areas:
- Detailed physical exam
- Walking and/or running analysis
- In-shoe pressure measurement
This assessment analyses the foot and lower limb from the hip down. In particular, we assess:
- Joint range of motion
- Joint stiffness
- Muscle power
- How forces might be acting on and within the structural components of the foot and lower limb
Walking and running analysis
We assess the forces that are occuring during walking and running and also how you move using a combination of pressure measurement and video analysis. This helps take out the guess work and also allows us to determine the loads that the foot and lower limb is being exposed to during walking and running.
In-shoe Pressure Measurement
In-shoe pressure analysis helps us "see" what's happening inside the shoe from the bottom up. This can be particularly useful for assessing athletes, runners and also for high-risk foot types that are prone to ulceration such as diabetics.
In-shoe pressure measurement can help with:
- Assessing footwear
- Improving orthotic therapy and orthotic adjustments
- Offloading foot ulcers
- Quantifying treatment effectiveness
- Diagnosing pathologies
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