Sports Podiatry and Biomechanical Assessments
Sports Podiatry and biomechanical assessments are terms used to describe a more specialised aspect of Podiatric care. These assessments focus on a detailed analysis of lower limb posture and function to determine the causes or contributing factors leading to foot injury or pain. While this branch of Podiatry care is often marketed towards sports people looking to maximise their performance, the principles can be applied just as effectively to anyone seeking optimal foot function during day to day activities.
Anyone who suffers from foot pain or fatigue would benefit from a comprehensive biomechanical assessment to identify and treat the cause of the injury not just the symptoms. This will also allow you to take preventative measures to decrease the chances of your injury or pain recurring. While many lower limb injuries are obtained during competitive or recreational sporting activities, the foot pressures and stresses sustained during work and daily activities can also be enough to cause significant injury. Having sore feet is not normal, and is not something you should have to tolerate.
At East Gosford Podiatry, we assess, diagnose and treat all lower limb injuries. Our experience and comprehensive understanding of biomechanics and sports injuries is a result of a genuine interest, and active participation in a wide range of sports. These include local soccer, rugby union, netball, oztag and golf.
If you would like an appointment to have your lower limb or foot pain assessed, please call the clinic to arrange a time convenient for you.
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During the assessment we look at:
Medical History – Patients are asked about their medical history and symptoms that they have been experiencing. Consideration is given to the Patient’s age, occupation, activity levels and family history.
The function of the lower limb – The Podiatrist will take measurements from the
Patient including joint range of motion and strength within the foot. Clinical observations such as bony irregularities and callus formation is noted. Other observations may include identifying how the body compensates for the current irregularities and insufficiencies.
Gait analysis – An assessment of the patient’s ‘gait’ or normal walking pattern is then completed. This may be recorded for further evaluation, or for future comparison. This is particularly useful for monitoring developing kids.
Diagnoses and Treatment plan – The results of the biomechanical assessment and a diagnosis of the injury is then discussed with the Patient. All of these findings are then combined with the Podiatrist’s expertise and the Patient’s expectations to create a comprehensive treatment plan.
There are many treatment strategies available to alleviate foot and lower limb pain and to restore normal foot function. These include stretch and movement regime, rehabilitation and strengthening, footwear changes, innersole modification or, often as a last resort, custom Orthoses.
“People think they have to live with pain, which is usually not the case. Rather than relying on temporary pain relief, the team at East Gosford Podiatry can find and treat the cause of your pain – fixing it for good.”
Tim Ghantous, Podiatrist