Gait Analysis & Custom Orthotics
Do You Suffer From Foot, Ankle, Knee or Lower Back Pain?
At Flawless Feet Podiatry & Laser clinic we commonly treat a wide range of lower limb aches and pains such as Plantar Fasciitis, Morton’s Neuroma, Shin Splints, Achilles tendonitis and Knee Pain.
Our specialist biomechanics services include:
• Biomechanical Assessments
• Video Gait Analysis
• Footwear Assessment
• Exercise Rehabilitation
• Custom Orthotics and Ankle Foot Orthoses (AFO’s)
• Soft Tissue Mobilisation
What is a Biomechanical Gait Analysis?
A biomechanical foot assessment involves an examination of the lower limbs, looking at their structure, alignment, strengths and weaknesses. Your foot and ankle is highly complex, containing 28 bones, 214 ligaments and 38 muscles. They have to take your weight multiple times a day and are subsequently prone to over-use conditions and other types of injury.
Gait Analysis identifies the underlying mechanical causes of common foot and lower limb problems. Biomechanical problems attributed to the foot, include heel and arch pain, ankle pain, leg cramps, knee pain, hip pain and lower back pain. This assessment allows us to identify and treat a number of complex gait issues, from injury rehabilitation, to improving sporting performance.
As part of a biomechanical foot assessment, the podiatrist will observe and measure the range of joint motion, muscle strength and flexibility, looking for misalignments in the feet, legs, pelvis and shoulders. The assessment also involves looking at the way you stand and walk, assessing your footwear and lifestyle.
After the assessment a treatment plan is drawn up which will normally include prescription orthotics, footwear recommendations and stretching and exercise programs. Orthotics are inserts that comfortably fit into shoes; they are designed to support and improve the functioning of feet. Foot orthoses are prescribed for many biomechanical foot disorders such as High Arches, Pronation (flat feet), Bunions, Arch pain, Morton’s Neuromas and Plantar Fasciitis (Heel Pain). They improve foot function, support the foot and redistribute forces acting on the foot and lower limb. In some cases they aim to accommodate deformity and provide cushioning.
Video Gait Analysis
Here at Flawless Feet we use the OptoGait optical detection system is the very latest breakthrough in advanced gait analysis. It is used by top athletes, Olympians and sports teams all over the World to assess their gait cycle, increase their rehabilitation times and improve sporting performance.
In a clinical environment we utilise this unique system to diagnose not only sporting concerns, but also in the treatment of a multitude of everyday pathological gait patterns. The very precise analysis this system provides allows us to detect, with an accuracy of 1 thousandth of a second, the contact and flight times of your normal gait cycle. The availability of this data enables us to treat some of the most complex of gait issues.
The OptoGait works in conjunction with our treadmill system and typically we’ll ask you to walk at a normal pace whilst the OptoGait measures your gait cycle. There are a number of advanced analysis programmes available ranging from a standard walking pace to running speeds where required. It’s also worth noting for those unable to use a treadmill we are still able to perform a large range of analysis using the OptoGait on the floor instead.
The core benefit of our OptoGait treatment is the ability to provide instant feedback. For example if after the initial assessment we feel that Orthotics may help to correct your problem, we can ask you to repeat the test again with these adjustments made. Immediately we’re able to see the extent of the changes and can proceed with further modifications to your treatment plan where necessary. This breakthrough technology allows us to pair expert clinical observation with bespoke scientific analysis to provide unprecedented levels of treatment accuracy.
What is an Orthotic and how could this help me?
Foot Orthotics help stabilise and correct poor foot posture.
The aim of a foot orthoses is to correct dysfunctional biomechanics and therefore:
- reduce pain;
- provide support;
- prevent or halt the development of foot deformity;
- provide better positioning;
- relieve pressure on a certain area of the foot;
- improve the overall biomechanical function of the foot;
- improve pelvic alignment;
- reduce lower limb torsion and knee stress.
This allows joints to be aligned correctly and promotes efficient transmission of biomechanical forces.
Here at Flawless Feet Podiatry & Laser Clinic we use Edser Labs as our preferred maufacturer:
Edser Orthotic Labs possesses over 30 years of laboratory and clinical orthotic experience. They take great pride and care in the individual design of each orthotic prescription. There skilled European craftsmen meticulously hand finish each pair of orthotics to meet our preferences.
They use the latest advancements and innovations in production methods and orthotic materials. For nearly 10 years they have employed CAD/CAM technology in the labs for the unique design and fabrication of every orthotic via direct milling and thermoadaptation techniques.
Biomechanics & Orthoses Common causes
- Usually congenital.
- Acquired as a result of injury.
- Structural deformity.
- Hypermobile Feet