What is a biomechanical assessment & gait analysis?
It’s probably one of the most important services that Podiatrist’s provide.
Bunions! Heel spurs! Sprained ankles! EILP (Exercise Induced Leg Pain)! Arthritic knees! Sore hips! Lower back pain! Knee pain ……………………. and the list goes on.
What do these problems have in common?
These problems have a biomechanical cause that almost always is connected with the feet.
What does that mean?
This might help with the understanding of how problems in the kinetic chain can manifest.
The most important part of a building is the foundations. If they have not been engineered correctly, poured properly and levelled correctly, the building above will move, crack and possibly collapse. Our feet are the same.
Our feet are the foundations of our body. If they do not function or move properly, then they lead to other problems such as joint pain, toe deformities, heel pain, sprained ankles, knee pain, metatarsalgia and neuroma.
A biomechanical assessment involves assessing and measuring different motions of the feet, ankles, legs, knees, hips and lower back to determine whether it functions and moves correctly within normal ranges of motion.
Gait analysis involves assessing these movements while walking. This often involves walking/running on a treadmill or gait walk and videoing the mechanics to enable the slowing down of the movements to view them more clearly.
These two roles are important in many ways. They can be used to predict the likelihood of developing problems. They are used once you have a problem to identify their cause and they help plan effective treatment.