Optistride

SERVICE DETAILS

Biomechanical Assessment

Evaluating Your Limb Function

If you are experiencing recurring injuries or chronic pain, a biomechanical assessment may be recommended by your consultant. Biomechanics is the study of how bones, muscles, and joints work together to facilitate movement. This assessment will examine your limbs and evaluate how you walk, run, swing a racket, or golf club in order to identify any underlying problems.

During the assessment, your consultant will talk to you about any pain or problems you may be experiencing to tailor the assessment to your specific symptoms. They will examine your range of movement, balance, gait, and posture, as well as your foot posture to identify any pressure points that may be the source of chronic pain. The assessment may include lying on a treatment couch, standing up straight, or walking or running on a treadmill, and typically takes up to an hour.

Before the assessment, your consultant may request an X-ray or MRI scan of your hips, legs, or feet, and they will advise you on what to expect and answer any questions you may have. On the day of your appointment, please wear loose-fitting and comfortable clothing appropriate for exercise. If you wear trousers, please ensure they can be rolled up above your knee. You may also be asked to bring several pairs of shoes with you, including the ones you normally wear at work, home, and for sport or exercise.

Biochemical Assesment-1

Why is alignment so important?

There is a strong connection between physical injuries and poor body alignment. As the feet are the interface between the ground and the body, poor foot posture is strongly associated with leg, knee, hip, and back pain. Good foot posture encourages keeping bones and joints in correct alignment, decreases the abnormal wearing of joint surfaces that could result in arthritis, decreases stress on the ligaments holding the joints of the spine together, prevents the spine from becoming fixed in abnormal positions, prevents fatigue, strain, and overuse problems, and prevents backache and muscular pain.

Biomechanics is all about understanding how the body is working within its environment and ensuring that bones, joints, and muscles are working efficiently and in harmony. By treating the cause of the problem rather than simply masking the symptoms, we aim to prevent further damage.

What Specialist Equipment is Used?

Our Biomechanics Consultants use the very latest in scanning techniques, coupled with overĀ  years of experience in clinical assessment and diagnosis. This information, coupled with the information from your clinical assessment, is used to better understand how your feet are working and to find ways to reduce your foot pain.

Assessing Your Feet in Detail

You can be confident that we will undertake a thorough clinical history and assessment, which includes a detailed history, physical assessment, scan, posture analysis, and biomechanical examination.

Prevention is Best

Many clinics simply offer painkillers or anti-inflammatory injections, but in our experience, it is better to fix any underlying causes of foot pain. By doing so, we offer better long-term solutions with fewer risks from tablets and injections.

What's the Difference Between Bespoke and Off-the-Shelf Orthoses?

Off-the-shelf or over-the-counter (OTC) devices are mass-produced arch supports that come in standard shoe sizes. Bespoke orthoses, on the other hand, are custom-made to fit your foot only, using information obtained from the scan and biomechanical assessment. The benefits of custom orthoses include a perfect fit, greater durability, less bulkiness, a better choice of materials, and a customized prescription to suit your needs.