How Does Biomechanical Assessment Work?
The foot biomechanical assessment usually takes about half an hour, and can be done at your local podiatrist who has training and experience within assessments. It is best to wear shorts or clothing that can be rolled up to over your knees so that measurements can be done correctly. The assessment comprises two parts: a static assessment, a non-weight bearing examination of the limb, muscle testing and weight-bagring assessment of the lower limb posture and a dynamic assessment, a video gait analysis and/or a pressure plate analysis.
After both parts of the assessment are complete, the podiatrist will be able to identify the root cause of your problem. That will enable him to develop a treatment plan that will help to alleviate symptoms. Treatment options could include the following:
Physical therapy or stretches to help strengthen the muscles;
Orthotics that can be worn inside your show to help correct the poor alignment;
Advice on footwear for running or everyday use;
Referral to a specialist if any further advice is required.
Biomechanical Assessments and Orthotics
Often, when the cause is a mechanical imbalance of the leg, ankle, knee or foot, you may be prescribed orthotics. These devices are specially designed to help align joints, and can make a world of difference in the case of poorly aligned limbs.
To learn more about how orthoses work, visit our page on foot orthotics.
Biomechanical Assessment for Runners
Runners may find that these assessments are very helpful in correcting gait, improving leg function and preventing the risk of injury. This is true for both competitive runners as well as those who run for fun and fitness. Many running enthusiasts have assessments to improve their performance. As these tests help to provide accurate information on running techniques, foot and leg movement and alignment, they offer an excellent way for runners to learn how to adapt their style for a more effective movement that limits impact and improves durability.
Whether you are seeking an evaluation to help you perform better during your favourite sport, or you want to get to the root cause of any pain or discomfort in the lower limbs, we highly recommend that you book a biomechanical assessment to help you and your feet live a stronger, pain free life.