Biomechanics and Orthotics
Many foot problems occur because of abnormal biomechanical function of the feet during the walking cycle.
The foot is composed of 26 bones and numerous articulations, ligaments, tendons and muscles. The way the bones, muscles and tendons interact with each other determines how the foot functions and the stresses and strains placed on the body as a whole.
The following can also contribute to imbalance in the feet:
- Excessive weight
- Type of work undertaken
- Time spent on feet
- Surface primarily stood on
- Type of shoe worn
Orthotics (a type of insole which is worn inside your normal shoes) can be used to treat biomechanical abnormalities in the feet by
improving foot function during gait.Even the slightest misalignment or abnormality can result in significant discomfort and can lead to:
- Heel pain
- Plantar fasciitis or Policeman's Heel
- Foot Pain
- Knee pain
- Hip pain
- Back pain
- Flat feet
- Corns and calluses
- Arch discomfort
- Tired aching feet
- Hammer toes
- Claw toes
I make a detailed biomechanical examination of the feet to determine what the problem is.
Computerised Gait Analysis
I use the TOG GaitScan (The Orthotic Group) equipment as a diagnostic tool to provide assessment and diagnosis of foot biomechanics.
Further information about orthotics