Biomechanical Assessment

What is a Biomechanical Assessment

A biomechanical assessment is the analysis of the body’s movements when you stand and walk.  It is the biomechanical assessment, close analysis of how the different joints of the body are positioned, how the different muscles of the body are working, and how one misaligned joint in the body affects the position and function of another.

There comes a point when our body struggles to cope with the constant stress applied on it from our everyday lives. Gradually, the ground pressure from our day to day tasks – such as standing, walking and running – will bring about changes to the position of the bones in our feet, knees, hips and spine.

This will result in an imbalance of muscle activity surrounding that joint e.g. one muscle may over work whilst its antagonist underworks.  This then creates an imbalance in the stress applied to muscles and joints in the body, and this overload of stress applied to the same area of the body will eventually result in injury or a very slow recovery time from injury. Not to mention the added frustration and often associated levels of depression.

Accurate biomechanical assessments are few and far between in the UK.  Many only involve assessment of the foot and fail to factor how the position of the foot affects the rest of the body.  Others don’t include a walking assessment or analysis of the client’s movement pattern in their chosen sporting discipline.  Often a neuromuscular assessment is not included at all.

THE FOOT AND LEG CLINIC’S method of biomechanical analysis (or full biomechanical ‘MOT’ as some call it) has been tried and tested on patients ranging from people with everyday aches and pains to Olympic athletes.

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Foot and Leg Clinic’s biomechanical assessment differs from all others in the country because we’ve adopted a different approach to diagnostic techniques. We utilise high spec technology to highlight position changes in the foot, knee, ankle, pelvis, spine and leg when you stand, walk or play sport, in-order to understand why specific groups of muscles and ligaments are performing differently and ultimately causing pain or reduced mobility.

The Foot and Leg Clinic have advanced equipment to aid the assessment although where we really differ is in the breadth of knowledge of the Orthotist.

Whilst high spec software is a fantastic tool as part of a biomechanical assessment, it alone will never be good enough to accurately diagnose an injury and devise a treatment plan. It is essential the clinician has an thorough knowledge of clinical biomechanics and excellent problem solving skills in order to accurately diagnose and prescribe treatment.

In addition to investing in this high spec technology, The Foot and Leg Clinic invests many hours and finances in further education. It is the combination of specialist knowledge, advanced technology and a highly skilled multidisciplinary team, which ensures The Foot and Leg Clinic provides the best Orthotics and Biomechanics service in the country.

To arrange an appointment call The Foot & Leg Clinic now on 0141 433 7402, or book an appointment online today.