Biomechanical assessment for foot pain and injuries
If you are suffering from foot or lower limb pain then the first thing we do at TFC Podiatry is a biomechanical assessment during your initial appointment. There are a wide range of injuries that can occur within the foot and lower limb and a biomechanical assessment helps us figure out the causes, risk factors and assists in establishing the most appropriate management plan for each patient.
So what’s involved in an initial biomechanical assessment? During your first appointment you should expect a structured consult consisting of the following:
At the beginning of each consultation you will be asked a variety of questions about your injury, activity levels and footwear habits. Some of these questions may include:
What type of pain are you experiencing?
When did the pain begin?
Was your pain a gradual or sudden onset?
How would you rate your pain out of 10?
What type of shoes do you typically use?
Are there any aggravating and/or relieving factors?
Assessment in the treatment chair
During this part of a consult your podiatrist will perform an assessment in the treatment chair to look for any sore spots and identify any risk factors. Your podiatrist will perform:
Palpation assessments of any sore tissues
Joint range of motion assessment
Resisted muscle strength testing
Footwear assessment of your most commonly worn shoes
Overall assessment of foot, ankle and toe posture whilst non-weightbearing
Assessment whilst standing and gait analysis
By this point we should have a pretty good understanding of your condition. We will now get you to perform some functional movements to further identify any risk factors. Some of the assessments we perform are:
Video gait analysis on the treadmil (walking and running if you are a runner).
From here we will get a good understanding of your foot posture and whether this is a risk factor. Your gait will be recorded and explained to you
Muscle testing of the lower limb muscles, such as calf, quad and glute strength
Further range of motion testing, such as knee to wall test
Static foot posture assessment
Management and treatment
Once we have explained to you your condition and your causes/risk factors we will then discuss the treatment options best suited to you and together we will develop a management plan according to your wants and needs. Some of these treatment options may include:
Custom foot orthoses
Home exercise program consisting of stretching and strengthening
Activity modification and load management
Strapping and padding
If you’re suffering with foot and lower limb pain and would like a biomechanical assessment performed on you please do not hesitate to contact our expert team.