Biomechanics is the study of movement within the human body. A Podiatrist combines knowledge of human biology and physical mechanics to understand the movement of the human body. Through this understanding, they can identify why and how people become injured through movement and can then recommend ways to move more effectively to reduce repeated injuries. Stephen Coombes at The Feetness Centres is an experienced musculoskeletal Podiatrist specialising in Podiatric Biomechanics/Podopaediatrics. To arrange an appointment for Biomechanics in Cardiff, please contact us.
Podiatric Biomechanics in Cardiff
Podiatric Biomechanics is an aspect of medical technology that deals essentially with the structure and function of the lower limb and joints of the foot. Although first used by Podiatrists, Podiatric Biomechanics has been adopted by many health professionals. It is also practised in multi-disciplinary workplaces where Podiatrists and other health professionals work together. These can include Physiotherapists, Osteopaths and Chiropractors. If you are presenting symptoms of issues relating to the lower limb and foot joint, arrange an appointment for Podiatric Biomechanics in Cardiff. We can assess your condition and then recommend an effective treatment plan.
The probable cause of your problem
Our feet were intended for use on a variety of surfaces such as sand and soil – not hard concrete. Because hard surfaces offer no support to the arches of the feet, our feet tend to roll inwards causing the arches to flatten – a condition called ‘excessive pronation’. Up to 80% of the population exhibit this condition.
As our feet, ankles, legs and back try to compensate for pronation, our bones and muscles are thrown out of alignment causing many common complaints. Other symptoms that may be attributable to excessive pronation and/or deformity of foot structures include the following:
- Bunions and corns
- Lower back pain
- Foot pain
- Hip pain
- Heel spurs
- Knee pain
- Hip pain
To treat these conditions properly, we must look at the underlying cause, not just the symptoms. In order to relieve pain and discomfort, we must correct excessive pronation.
Combining contemporary science and technology with an experienced medical understanding of lower limb dysfunction, foot orthoses offer superior therapeutic effectiveness. Relief is just a short time away.
How does it affect you?
Many painful conditions, whether they are in the soft tissue, muscle or joint, can be directly attributed to poor posture. This is often a result of an imbalance in the foot or lower limb caused by a biomechanical misalignment or abnormality. For example, if your wheel alignment is not correct on your motor car, tyres wear unevenly and wear out quicker, steering is affected and the car does not perform efficiently. This can also be true for the human body if the foot is excessively pronated and the foot is misaligned to the lower limb.
How is the misalignment found?
Generally through carrying out a Podiatric Biomechanical Assessment and Gait Analysis. The Podiatrist will examine the relationship between the bones, joints and muscles of the spine, lower limb and foot.
What happens next?
If a biomechanical misalignment is found and abnormal posture is detected, foot orthoses may be prescribed.
What are foot orthoses?
Foot orthoses are specially designed shoe inserts to support the foot in a more stable position, hence reducing instability. Foot orthoses aid the muscles and joints of the lower limb to function more effectively, as a result, they reduce undue wear and tear on the joints and overuse of muscles.
Who can benefit?
Biomechanics Clinic Cardiff
To arrange an appointment at our Biomechanics clinic in Cardiff, please contact us. We can assess your condition then recommend an effective treatment solution based on your needs.