Biomechanics

By definition biomechanics is the study of the mechanical laws relating to the movement or structure of living organisms. Foot biomechanics is the study of mechanical laws relating to movement of joints and muscles within the lower limb and feet and the overall effects on the rest of the body. Each foot is a complex structure made up of 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments and 19 muscles. Feet are central to supporting and stabilising our overall body. Assessment of your gait (walk) can identify whether you roll in too much (pronation) or roll out too much (supination). Whilst these motions are integral to overall foot function too much of each can lead to abnormal joint movement which can create lower back, hip, knee, ankle and/or foot problems. Your podiatrist will undertake a thorough biomechanical assessment which will aid in identifying causes of any foot or leg pain you may be experiencing and work through a management plan. Treatment may include orthoses therapy, footwear assessment and stretching and strengthening exercises.

Common conditions caused by poor biomechanics

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Heel Pain/Heel Spurs
  • Achilles Tendinopathy
  • Shin Splints
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Stress Fractures
  • Foot, Knee, Ankle, Hip Pain