Somerset Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Clinic

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Podiatry and Biomechanics

  • Biomechanics and gait analysis is a way of looking at how people walk, run, and move and the structures that get stressed and strained within the foot, leg and the rest of the body. A biomechanical podiatrist assesses the mechanics of the lower limb and how it relates to the rest of the body, using different techniques like video gait analysis. Conclusions are made through analysis to develop the best programme to resolve any abnomalitys causing or could potensally cause a problem.

    A biomechanical podiatrist can initiate a specific rehabilitation programme designed to help reduce your pain, or develop a programme to prevent any potential problems. There are different treatments including exercises, orthotics (insoles), taping etc. The use of an orthotic can help align the foot and ankle to work more efficiently. A custom-made orthoses will provide the best possible outcome.

  • What happens when I see a podiatrist?

    You'll have an initial 1 hour appointment. During this time we will go through a detailed history of you problem which will enable us to perform an effective physical examination leading to an accurate diagnosis.
    The physical examination will include an assessment of your joint range of motion, muscle power and functional testing including special test to aid differential diagnosis allowing us to rule out all other possible causes to your symptoms.
    A treatment plan will then be formulated along with a home management program to initiate your recovery.