A large portion of the conditions seen in the foot and ankle are caused by poor foot and ankle posture, alignment and biomechanics. Our podiatrists are trained and experienced in assessing lower limb biomechanics of patients. Biomechanical assessment includes evaluating the range and quality of joint motion of the foot and ankle. Muscle strength and flexibility are also assessed. Classification of foot and ankle type and alignment is performed. The way a patient stands, walks and runs may be assessed to complete the biomechanical assessment.
The podiatrist then compares the results of the biomechanical assessment with the symptoms complained of by the patient to finally diagnose the condition. The diagnosis is discussed with the patient before proceeding with an agreed treatment plan. Many of our treatments rely on biomechanical assessment to reduce the forces that harm the tissues of the foot and ankle. Such treatment is aimed at allowing the body to heal and recover from injury so that pain free activity can resume.