BIOMECHANICS- An assessment for anyone experiencing pain in the lower back or lower limb whilst walking or taking part in sports or if experiencing a general feeling of instability.
Other health professionals may suggest an assessment particularly if a patient is not responding as well as expected to their specific treatment.
Podiatric biomechanics involves the assessment of the structure, alignment and function of the legs and feet. If you have low or high arched feet then you can be more predisposed to problems. However, muscle inflexibility or weakness can also effect how we walk together with footwear and activity levels.
The use of special shoe insoles ( orthoses) may help control the way the foot and therefore legs function to reduce pain or instability. It could involve redistributing high pressure areas or controlling/improving foot function. They aim to rebalance to reduce the stress and strain which can cause discomfort or pain in the lower back, hips, groin, knees and feet to allow healing of the problem area. Strengthening & stretching certain areas may be recommended as well for best results.
If the appropriate strength and flexibility are restored your orthoses may only be needed on a temporary basis. However, if the problem starts to return this is probably an indication that you need to use orthoses more longer term.
Biomechanics/insoles: (30 mins) £40
Follow ups: (25 mins) £30