Biomechanics is the the study of the action of external and internal forces on the living body, especially on the musculoskeletal system.
Biomechanics, and it’s principles can be used to effectively diagnose the cause of an injury and then formulate the correct course of treatment. It may also be used in the prevention of injury and to enhance sports performance.
An assessment will analyse the lower limb alignments, joint range of motion, muscles strength and the essential temporal and kinematic parameters of gait such as step length, step width, and frequency (cadence). Analysis of running technique is offered – with tips on how to improve your performance and reduce the risk of injury.
Examples of treatments may be the provision of fully customised (bespoke) or semi-bespoke foot orthoses to balance and reduce misalignments to enhance sports performance, speed recuperation and treat injury to the musculoskeletal system.
Our examination includes:
- Visual and computer pressure pad observation of the feet and general posture alignment
- Assessment of the range of motion in the lower leg and foot joints
- Assessment of muscle strength in the lower leg or foot
- Gait analysis using specialised computer software to highlight any abnormalities in running or walking
- Force plate analysis of the feet in walking and running
Gait analysis reveals the degree of poor, excessive or restricted movements of the feet, legs, hips and upper body. The purpose of this examination is to determine the cause of these movement patterns and then devise an appropriate treatment regime, individually tailored to fix the issues in both the short and long-term – minimising further injury risk and maximising performance.
Treatment may include foot orthoses, foot and ankle mobilisation, advice on footwear, (we recommend the best running shoe shops, – Up and Running in Sheen,) exercise regimes, running drills and possible referral to another specialist.