Biomechanical Assessment & Orthotic Therapy

Many of us have mild deformities such as bowed legs, one leg longer than the other or a pelvic torsion for example. A Biomechanical assessment evaluates a patient's lower limb function and identifies abnormalities and the subsequent compensations made by joints, ligaments, muscles and tendons. Although these compensations aren't always pathological, they can be the underlying cause of heel pain, knee pain and even back pain.

A biomechanical assessment looks at joint range of motion and the quality of such movements. Gait analysis is also carried out in addition to evaluation of plantar pressures. High plantar pressures are early indicators of potential future lesions which is a crucial aspect of the diabetic foot assessment.

A podiatrist will identify potential pathological compensations and prescribe the appropriate orthotic device to either accommodate painful lesions, or optimise foot function.