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Understanding Biomechanical Assessment in Podiatry

Biomechanical assessment is a crucial component of podiatry. This assessment plays a pivotal role in evaluating the structure and function of a patient's lower limbs, helping us diagnose and address various musculoskeletal issues.

A biomechanical assessment typically begins with a comprehensive patient history, where we gather information about the patient's medical history, lifestyle, and any specific complaints related to their feet and ankles. This background knowledge is essential in understanding the patient's condition fully.

The next step involves a thorough physical examination, which includes observing the patient's posture, gait, and the alignment of their lower limbs.

Footwear analysis is another critical aspect of biomechanical assessment. We assess the patient's footwear to determine if it is contributing to their foot problems. We may recommend changes in shoe type or prescribe orthotic devices, which are custom-made shoe inserts designed to correct biomechanical issues.

In some cases, we may want to refer patients for imaging techniques like X-rays, ultrasound, or MRI scans to obtain a clearer picture of the patient's bone structure and joint alignment.

Once all data is collected, we can formulate a tailored treatment plan. This may include exercises, stretches, lifestyle modifications, footwear recommendations, or orthotic devices to improve foot and lower limb function. The goal is to alleviate pain, enhance mobility, and prevent future issues.

Biomechanical assessment in podiatry is a comprehensive evaluation of a patient's lower limb structure and function. It allows us to diagnose musculoskeletal problems, recommend appropriate treatments, and improve the overall quality of life for patients. By addressing biomechanical issues early on, we play a pivotal role in ensuring healthy, pain-free feet and ankles.

If you are struggling with foot pain and would benefit from podiatric intervention, please get in contact.

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