Biomechanical Assessment

Examination of the lower limbs, looking at their structure, alignment, strengths and weaknesses.

Biomechanical Assessment

Examination of the lower limbs, looking at their structure, alignment, strengths and weaknesses.

Biomechanics is the study of the structure, function and motion of the human body and examines the mechanical aspects behind human movement using the methods of mechanics.

We perform a podiatry biomechanical assessment to identify variations in the skeletal system or abnormal movement patterns of the foot and leg mechanics. These measurements are then used to quantify how much a particular structure, or function deviates from the “norm”.

The purpose of a podiatric biomechanical assessment is to ascertain the root cause and/or contributing factors that may be leading to issues that present to the clinic.

Such conditions may include but are not limited to pains from the lower back down (including the lower back, hip, knee, ankle and foot), injuries, wounds, deformities and conditions pertaining to the foot and ankle.

Why Do You Need A Biomechanical Assessment?

A biomechanical assessment gives valuable insight into anatomical alignment and function of the body. For example, if a person presents with knee pain, we may notice that the knee is rotating inwards more than what is considered as “normal”.

From this observation we would then go on to perform clinical tests to ascertain where the abnormal movement patterns are coming from. Tests may demonstrate that the movement pattern may be subsequent to muscular weakness or tightness, bony abnormalities, be resulting from abnormal foot mechanics or a combination of these.

How Is A Biomechanical Assessment Performed?

In a biomechanical assessment we;

  • Observe how you stand and walk
  • Review your current footwear
  • Check the mobility and strength of your joints and muscles
  • Discuss lifestyle and physical elements that impact on your legs and feet.
  • Assess and discuss your specific symptoms (duration/pain/sensation etc.) as well as give advice on posture improvement, stretching exercises, and other treatment options and procedures.

Benefits Of A Biomechanical Assessment

A biomechanical assessment can help if you’re suffering from any of the following conditions;

FAQ's

Biomechanical assessments are performed to identify and isolate the root cause behind issues or identify people at risk of injury. They are the foundation on which treatment plans are developed to guide and manage recovery.

Following a Biomechanical Assessment your treating practitioner will be equip with the information required to direct and focus your treatment, at which point you will work together to develop a treatment plan that best suits you and your goals.

Referrals are not a requirement to be seen by one of our podiatrists in Sydney CBD for a biomechanical assessment. To have a biomechanical assessment with one of our Sydney podiatrists, all you need to do is book online or call and organise an appointment at one of our convenient Sydney CBD locations at a time that best suits you best. 

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