Do you or someone you know suffer from;
- Sore and painful pressure points on your feet?
- Plantar Fasciitis or heel pain?
- Lower back pain, sore knees or ankles?
- Pain during or after exercise, or when you stand for long periods of time?
- Recurring blisters when playing sport?
- Is foot pain or fatigue preventing you from participating in daily activities?
- Have you had orthotics or shoe modifications in the past?
If you answered yes to any of these, maybe it’s time to have a Biomechanical Assessment to really understand and fix these concerns once and for all! 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, aiming to restore your comfort and function as efficiently as possible.
A Biomechanical assessment is a detailed analysis of your foot and lower limb posture and function, to diagnosed pain or injury, and to determine contributing factors to injury. It allows us to identify abnormalities, insufficiencies and how the body compensates for these irregularities.
This then allows us to correct any identified contributing factors, and 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.
Our experience and comprehensive understanding of biomechanics, pain and injury is a result of a genuine interest, and active participation in a wide range of sports.
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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
What to bring to the assessment
The assessment can take up to 1 hour.
- Patients are advised to wear shorts, to allow effective assessment of lower limb function while maintaining comfort and modesty. Short skirts and tight jeans are both unhelpful.
- Bringing with you any shoes that are regularly worn, or that you
feel many be contributing to the presenting complaint.
If you would like an appointment to have your foot or lower limb pain assessed, please call the clinic to arrange a time convenient for you.