Biomechanics is the science concerned with the internal and external forces acting on the human body and the effects produced by these forces. A biomechanical assessment is a critical analysis of your body and all of its moving parts in all three planes of movement during walking and, if relevant, running.
Why might you need a biomechanical assessment?
You get muscle, joint or nerve pain when walking, running or exercising
A bunion or other bony prominence that is causing pain or footwear difficulties
Corns or callus that cause pain
In growing toenails that are the result of your gait pattern
Back, hip knee, ankle or foot pain
You have a condition that affects your gait e.g., Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Arthritis, Diabetic Neuropathy
What happens during a biomechanical assessment?
At Stride Clinic our biomechanical assessments last 1hr.
Following a detailed medical and case history we will carry out a clinical examination both lying down and standing. This is to assess the relationship of the bones and soft tissues in the lower limb.
During our gait analysis we use a Podotech Elftman® pressure plate to assist us, this allows us to quantify the forces exerted on your feet from the ground, measure small hesitations and see where your centre of gravity is located during your gait cycle. We use a treadmill in conjunction with Hudl slow motion camera technology to view your gait cycle – stance and swing – and detect the smallest movements that are affecting you every day.
Our aim during this assessment is to diagnose your condition, develop a treatment plan and prevent recurrence of the symptoms.
Your treatment plan may consist of
• Footwear advice
• Activity advice
• A bespoke rehabilitation exercise programme and pain scale review using Physitrack® a downloadable app
• Insoles from one of our selected range
• Bespoke orthoses taken from a scan or cast of your feet and prescribed from one of our trusted manufacturers