Gait Analysis & Custom Orthotics

 

Biomechanical Assessment London

 

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.

Gait Analysis london is available in all our Foot Specialist Clinics

Our specialist biomechanics services include:

•   Biomechanical Assessment

  • Range of motion through the joints
  • Proprioception (balance)
  • Muscle strength testing
  • Foot Posture Index
  • Palpation of affected structures
  • Comprehensive video gait analysis
  • Force and pressure testing
  • Footwear check

•   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

We use a video gait analysis to obtain the most accurate diagnosis of the way our patients walk and run.

The Specialist podiatrist carries out an assessment of the patient as they walk or run on a treadmill or across the floor.

Our video equipment enables the podiatrist to record the assessment. This is valuable because the podiatrist can show the patient their own gait analysis, slowing the motion down to demonstrate problems in their movement.

In a clinical environment we utilise this system to diagnose not only sporting concerns, but also in the treatment of a multitude of everyday pathological gait patterns. The analysis this system provides allows us to detect, 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 Video Analysis works in conjunction with our treadmill system and typically we’ll ask you to walk at a normal pace whilst we 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 on the floor instead.

The core benefit 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 a Custom Orthotic and how could this help me?

Custom 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.

Edser Labs Custom Orthotics London

Here at Flawless Feet Podiatry & Laser Clinic we use Edser Labs as our preferred manufacturer:

Edser Labs is a leading European manufacturer of custom orthotics and Sandal’s hand crafted in our state of the art laboratory in Spain. 

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 thermo adaptation techniques.

Biomechanics & Orthoses Common causes

  • Usually congenital.
  • Acquired as a result of injury.
  • Structural deformity.
  • Hypermobile Feet