Biomechanics is the study of gait and human movement. Podiatrists observe clients for any alteration in the optimum sequence of events in gait (walking), between the feet, lower limb and the rest of the body. Any deviation from the optimum can result in heel, foot, ankle, knee, hip, lower back or neck pain.
This assessment evaluates the feet, legs and body position when weight bearing (standing) and non -weight bearing (sitting); the muscle strength and range of motion of the joints in the foot; the relationship between the leg and foot and the stretch and flexibility of the muscles in the lower limb
Treatments may consist of:
- Footwear advice
- Exercise therapy
- Orthotics (insoles), accommodative or functional (will incur additional cost)
- External referral for further assessment