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Biomechanics is the study of human motion. Gait analysis is the identification of abnormal biomechanical movements in your gait. This information helps to treat and prevent pain in the feet and lower legs.
Nearly all-common podiatry conditions are related to the biomechanics of our feet. From simple build up of callus on a foot to a complex sporting injury.
At the Foot Heath Company we have Podiatrists that specialise in this field.
After you initial consultation the podiatrist will book you in for a more in depth examination of your lower limbs. This appointment will last up to an hour, and you may need to wear/bring shorts with you. In this appointment a complex analysis of your lower limb movement will take place.
The Podiatrist will then go through the findings and use them to formulate a treatment plan. Treatment normally consists of exercises, stretches, rehabilitation advice and the use of Orthotics/Insoles.
Foot orthoses, also more commonly known “orthotics” are custom foot supports. They are designed to fit your feet more efficiently than over-the-counter arch supports and balance the biomechanical inadequacies of your feet and legs.
The most common reasons people use foot orthoses are for arch and heel pain (Plantar Fasciitis), lower leg tendonitis, shin splints and for knee pain. Foot orthotics are made from casts or scans of the feet, and incorporate measurements of your foot and leg and limb length assessment carried out during the biomechanical examination.
Most foot orthotics will last five to 10 years, They only need to be redone if you have had foot surgery or other trauma to the feet.. The devices may need to be re-covered every two to four years, which can be done very easily with us.
Our podiatrists will advice you on the best device for your condition and needs, from a simple pre-made device to fully bespoke orthotics. We also design insoles that can fit into the narrowest of shoes, so there is no need to change all your footwear but advice will be given on the most suitable types.
Bespoke Orthotics will be made and ready for you to wear within a couple of weeks. On urgent cases, some types of orthotics can be made sooner.
Some insurance companies (not all) may cover a portion of treatment and orthotic costs. See our Fees page for more information on treatment packages and costs, or contact us now.