What is a Biomechanical Assessment, and do you need one?

May 25, 2023

If you’re struggling with lower back pain or pain in your leg or foot, pinpointing the exact cause is essential.

However, this is also extremely complex.

Why?

Because all of our lower limbs interconnect in some way, and where you may be experiencing pain in one area doesn’t always mean this is the actual source of the problem.

The good news is this is where biomechanical assessments come in.

What is a Biomechanical Assessment, and do you need one

Helping to find the precise cause of your pain, a biomechanics assessment will show, in-depth, how your bones, muscles, and joints are moving and interacting with each other.

The assessment will look specifically at how these limbs absorb impact and how you are propelled, i.e., when you walk, it will assess how your feet and lower limbs absorb the impact and then how you move off again in your intended direction of travel.

If you want to learn more about biomechanical assessments and whether this podiatry treatment could benefit you, read on.

Podiatry Biomechanics

Poor movement habits can lead to painful injuries developing over time, which is why talking to a professional podiatrist should be the first and the best course of action if you’re experiencing pain in your hips, lower back, legs, or feet.

In fact, there are a vast range of issues that you may find start with your feet, making it essential that you look after your body and if you start to experience pain or discomfort talk to a professional straight away. Make sure to also check out our post on some of the `most common foot problems,` causes, and treatments.

Specifically designed to examine lower limbs, however, biomechanics podiatry can help identify alignment issues, body structure, and strengths and weaknesses.

A biomechanical assessment will help build a complete picture of what is going on with your body; during this assessment, the podiatrist will observe how your body moves and how you walk. Assessing the impact on our bodies when pressure is applied, i.e., through running and walking.

Pronation and Supination – impact and movement

Pronation is a natural movement of your foot and is how the forces that the foot is placed under are distributed and the impact absorbed. In addition, your podiatrist will look at how your body adapts to different surfaces and how your foot and lower limbs cope with the impact.

Supination, on the other hand, occurs when your foot has absorbed the impact; providing stability and support which enables you to move in the direction you wish.

But what is biomechanics in podiatry?

When you book a biomechanics assessment, your specialist and experienced podiatrist will look to carry out a physical examination of your body and observe you in motion.

The physical examination will include looking at general body alignment to identify any issues with posture and checking the strength of individual muscles and your motion range

in each joint. In addition, they will look at differences and asymmetry as well as foot position.

The more dynamic part of the assessment will look at your overall balance, showing the effect of force, impulse, and pressure on the body.

Once the problem is correctly identified, the appropriate solution can be provided – a solution that helps you get back to full health in no time.

Potential Treatments

Some of the most popular treatments our podiatry clinic in York has provided over the years include:

  • Orthotics – including braces, splints, etc.
  • Insoles – specific to the individual, insoles can help to offset any imbalances.
  • Footwear advice – what shoes to avoid and which will help improve posture.
  • Specific exercises and movements to help work on posture and stance.

In some instances, referrals to a physiotherapist may be required, and we work on a case-by-case basis to ensure that each treatment plan is tailored to individual needs.

Benefits of biomechanics assessment

  • You will receive specialist advice leading to more accurate treatment.
  • Provides a comprehensive understanding of any underlying issue or problem with your lower limbs.
  • It helps identify the right course of treatment, aiming to improve muscle strength and flexibility.
  • It can be used to help prevent injuries even before they occur, providing solutions that remove stress and pressure on muscles and specific ligaments.

If lower back pain or leg or foot problems affect your everyday life, let us conduct an effective assessment for you.

Your lower limbs are all interconnected, and pain in one area can often be caused by a

problem in another part of the body; with a biomechanics assessment, all areas can be assessed thoroughly, looking to identify the root cause of the problem, leading to the right course of treatment for you.

Fully qualified and experienced specialists, we offer a range of podiatry and chiropody treatments.

Book your appointment today or call us at 01904 373118.