Biomechanics & Gait Analysis

What is Biomechanics?

A biomechanical assessment is an examination of the lower limb in gait motion. The foot is a highly complex organ which is composed of 28 bones, many important articulations and 214 ligaments. During the assessment we look at the overall mechanics of your foot and prescribe different treatment options to create optimum function and alleviate any pain.

We acknowledge the importance of using a more holistic approach and seeing the body as a whole, not just focusing on the feet.

To understand what biomechanics is, we simply need to break down the term into two parts. The word ‘Bio’ is a shortened version of the word ‘biology’ and the term ‘mechanics’ refers to the functional movement of something. So in summary, biomechanics refers to the study of human functional movement, in this case specifically the study of the lower limb. Biomechanics is a very broad spectrum term and covers many conditions within podiatry.

Do I Need a Biomechanics Specialist?

Generally if you are experiencing aches, pains, discomfort in your feet, knees, hips or back, or have problems with walking, then we would advise seeking podiatrist help.

Most Common Complaints

Heel pain, Forefoot pain, Arch pain, Sore feet, Bunions, Arthritis, Stress fractures, Knee pain, Hip pain, Lower back pain, Iliotibial band friction syndrome (most common cause of knee pain in runners),hallux valgus, Hammer toe, Clawed toe, Mallet toe, Shins splints, Achilles tendinitis, Metatarsalgia, Motors neuroma, sports injuries

What we can do?

There are many different options available once a biomechanical assessment has been carried out. Depending on your results, treatment options may vary from something basic such as changing footwear or in more serious cases simple insoles or custom made orthotics will be prescribed.

Podiatrist work very closely with other healthcare professionals. We offer many different approaches such as a strengthening regime if we believe the condition is affected by musculoskeletal impairment or referrals to have X-rays.

We don’t just focus on the feet, we make sure to thoroughly assess the whole body and offer treatments we believe will benefit you the most.

To find out more about The Foot Clinic or to make a booking please call

020 8445 8528