Assessment of lower limb and foot biomechanics
An HPC registered podiatrist specialises in the biomechanics of the lower limb, evaluating your gait and movement patterns of the muscles and joints. The podiatrist is qualified to assess, diagnose and treat these problems of the lower limb from children to sports injury patients.
At activ8rehab the podiatrist requires one hour to assess your problem allowing time for a clinical examination, evaluation of footwear and video gait analysis.
There are several types of foot postures, each with their own problems. Often with age the feet tend to collapse inwards towards a flatfoot posture, termed “pronation”. This also occurs as a hereditary problem within families and also particular races. The opposite of pronation is a high arched foot termed “supination”. A supinated foot is often related to stiffness and also tightness in the lower leg musculature. Then there is the normal neutral foot, which presents with a normal biomechanical alignment.
Once the podiatrist has assessed your biomechanical needs in relation to posture and injury symptoms. Often the course of action will be to produce custom orthotic insoles. A plaster of paris cast will be taken of your feet and positive mould produced where tailored corrections are made intrinsically and extrinsically to the orthotic in a specialised UK based Lab.
The orthotics can be placed in your daily and sporting shoes to help to correct your biomechanical problems causing your symptoms. It is essential that there is a balance between sufficient correction and control of the foot with shock absorption during walking and running. Amazing results can be achieved with this process allowing return to lifestyle activities and sport.
Running shoe advice
With the wide and varied range of running shoes available it is sometimes difficult to distinguish the correct one for your foot type. At activ8rehab the in house podiatrist will recommend appropriate running footwear on request.
Heel pain – plantar fascitis
Shin splints – medial tibial stress syndrome
Knee pain Hip/back pain
Flat or high arched feet
Degenerative arthritic changes
Hallux valgus – bunions
Motion Control or Stability shoes are occaisionally all that is required. These are often used in conjunction with the custom orthotic insoles. On fitting of these orthotic devices the podiatrist will give the weaning in advice necessary to make a smooth transition into these corrective devices. Also, re-evaluation of video analysis to observe gait correction resulting from the orthotics.