Biomechanics simply means mechanics of the body. If there is an imbalance in the body this can reduce performance, and lead to pain or prevent healing from injury. The aim when carrying out a biomechanical assessment is to relate our specialist knowledge of the ‘mechanics’ of the lower limb to your individual symptoms or problems. This involves assessing you whilst standing, walking / running and on the treatment couch.
Treatments are varied and may include strengthening / stretching exercises, footwear advice, and in many cases foot orthoses (see the video below) which alter the function of the lower limb. Orthoses are designed to address the requirements of each individual patient. We are able to offer a full range of foot orthoses from those that can be manufactured and fitted ‘chairside’ at your initial assessment, to custom made orthoses from casts of your feet. We always fully explain our reasons for recommending a particular type / prescription of orthotic (insole) and what we expect to achieve with treatment.
Who Can Benefit From Treatment?
People of all ages can benefit, with evidence that a wide range of conditions can be improved with biomechanical assessment and treatment. Some of the more common things we see are;
- Heel or arch pain including Plantar Fasciitis
- Metatarsalgia including Morton’s Neuroma / Interdigital Neuritis and Capsulitis
- Painful bunions / Joints of the big toe (hallux)
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Recurrent ankle sprains / instability
- Shin Splints (Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome)
- Runners knee (Chondromalacia Patellae / Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome)
- Ilotibial Band Syndrome
- Recurrent sports injury
Biomechanical assessment and treatment can really make a difference and be a long term solution.
We offer assessment at our clinic in Whitley Bay (5 Claremont Crescent, Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, NE26 3HL).
To book an appointment or for more information please call 0191 2524441.